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Incompetent govt ‘missed road’, breeding insecurity — Ango Abudullahi

Convener, Northern Elders Forum, NGF, Professor Ango Abdullahi has said that the incompetence of government was largely responsible for the escalated state of insecurity holding Nigeria on the jugular.

He said that any system that elevates loyalty over competence was not likely to function very effectively to meet the expectations of the people.

Speaking exclusively in an interview with Vanguardon Sunday, Abdullahi who was a former Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State picked holes with the President Muhammadu Buhari led government, saying that insecurity has festered beyond Boko Haram which was what the government met on the ground in 2015.

Confronted with an impression that he has been very critical of the present government, Abdullahi said that democracy needed persistent constructive criticisms to function optimally.

He said that the government has “missed road” for a long time, fearing that it was already too late for it to “rearrange itself”.

Abdullahi also recalled that the Northern Elders Forum had craved for a change of leadership in 2019 to correct the anomalies in the political leadership of the country.

But according to him, Nigerians chose to remain with the present government.

He said: “The incompetence in government and the dissatisfaction in the population are the main reasons breeding insecurity in the country. The incompetence of any government including the present one in the circumstances it is is largely responsible for the failure of agencies of government to discharge their duties including security, just any agency of government. The people are supposed to be served.

“How can Nigeria with 200 million people have less than 4000 megawatts of electricity? How do you want to believe this? How do you want other parts of the world or other countries to believe that the Nigeria of independence in 1960; 200 million today cannot generate electricity beyond 400 megawatts? We should be talking about 100, 000 megawatts to say the very least. South Africa 40 to 50, 000 megawatts. But Nigeria 4000 megawatts with 200 million? You are not serious.

“The government missed road a long time ago because no person however brilliant or competent can run a government alone,” he said.

 

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