- John Oyegun has decried the downward trend in Nigeria's growth pattern
- Oyegun said Nigeria had all the resources it needed and good planning and should be ahead of other countries
- According to Oyegun, it is unfortunate that challenges and important issues are being left to prayers by leaders at various level
The former chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Oyegun, has expressed concern over the dwindling trend of Nigeria's development.
Speaking with Nigerian Tribune as he clocks 80-years, Oyegun said, Nigeria had all the resources it needed and good planning and should be ahead of other countries like it used to be.
Stating that the nosedive in the nation's development could be attributed to military intervention, Oyegun said it is unfortunate that challenges and important issues are being left to prayers by leaders at various level.
Oyegun said: "We were ahead of Malaysia and few other countries. We had the resources and good planning. We brought in United Nations and World Bank; and it was a fantastic atmosphere with expatriates, professors and civil servants planning for the growth and development of this country."
"Seeing the bright future that was beckoning us, don’t ask me where it all went wrong. Whether it was the nosedive we took into military intervention, I cannot tell. It is difficult to explain the persistent, inexorable downward trend to the extent that we now leave it to prayer warriors," Oyegun said.
Being hopeful, the former APC chairman said the country said Nigeria has the best prospect to break out that underdeveloped rank as expected before now.
He said: "I will tell you something. I enjoyed the civil service of the 1960s. We were burning with passion; Olu Falae, Chukwuemeka Ezeife and one or two others in the service then."
"We all enjoyed what we were doing, burning with that spirit of nationalism and part of the independence celebration," he said.
He also added that as of the time Nigeria was in the economic development, oil was virtually gushing out and the potentialities, including all international reviews, which tipped Nigeria as one nation that would break out of the underdevelopment and developing nations.
"Nigeria has the best prospect to break out that underdeveloped rank. We were ahead of Brazil and India in which, at that time, people were dying in the streets because of hunger," he added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Oyegun in a war of words with his successor Adams Oshomhole, said the later was distracting the Edo state governor from carrying out his duty in the state.
Oyegun also warned Oshiomhole and the APC against instigating violence among members of the Edo state House of Assembly.
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