- Nasarawa state governor, Alhaji Abdullahi Sule has lamented that Nigeria's assets are not judiciously used
- According to the governor, Nigeria would even be better than many countries if corruption is reduced
- The governor also declared that Nigeria is not a poor country
Nasarawa state governor, Alhaji Abdullahi Sule, has declared that Nigeria is not a poor country.
Governor Sule stated this on Thursday, July 11, while delivering a speech at a rally organised by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Coalition of Unions Against Corruption in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, noted that if the nation’s assets were judiciously used and for purposes meant, Nigeria would even be better than the countries.
He identified corruption as the only reason Nigeria cannot compete with other developed countries like the United Kingdom and the United States.
“Nigeria, by all intent and purposes, is not a poor country; we are not a poor country. I refuse to believe that we are a poor country,” he said.
Governor Sule called on Nigerians to hold their leaders accountable, saying his administration was working towards cutting down on the cost of governance since he assumed of duty.
According to him, those who loot the nation’s resources with the intention of keeping the proceeds for their children are only denying such children the right to use their potentials.
His words: “For those of us who want to amass for our children’s children, God gave each one of us brains and these brains are supposed to be used.
“You used your brain and achieved something, why don’t you allow your children to use theirs?
“Why must you deny them the right to use theirs by amassing wealth so that they can come and enjoy your wealth without working for that?”
He, therefore, urged the coalition to take its campaign to all the nooks and crannies of the state with a view to sensitising the people on the ills of corruption.
The rally was organised to mark this year’s African Union Convention on Preventing and Fighting Corruption in Africa.
Meanwhile, a group within the All Progressives Congress, APC, Advocates for Integrity in Politics (AIP) has called on the party to be weary of some governorship aspirants in Kogi state.
AIP specifically warned the party against associating with Vice Admiral Admiral Jubril Usman (rtd), alleging that he is out to discredit the party.
The group said the former naval chief should not be giving the ticket of the party, accusing him of using the APC as a front to hide from the criminal charges levied against him by the EFCC.
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