- A northern leader, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, has said that the successive governments in Nigeria have not met the expectations of the founding fathers
- Yakasi said that the attitude of some Nigerian leaders destroyed the country's democracy
- The ex-political adviser to former president Shehu Shagari urged Nigerians to build robust democracy that devoid of acrimony
Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, an ex-political adviser to the former Nigeria's president, late Shehu Shagari, lamented that Nigeria has not met the expectations of the founders in terms of development, 59 years after independence from the colonial masters.
Legit.ng reports that in a chat with Daily Trust on Monday, September 30, Yakasai said although Nigeria has recorded some developments, the expectation was that the country would have been far ahead of where it is today.
“If we compare our position with sister countries like India, Brazil and Malysia, we will find out that they are far ahead of us and this is not what our founding fathers wanted.” he said
The former political adviser urged Nigerians to build democracy and strive hard to follow its dictates.
He said: “The attitude of some Nigerian leaders destroyed our democracy. We call ourselves a democratic nation, but in reality, we know we are not because in a democratic nation, party leaders are in-charge not individuals. Even where you find individuals in-charge, it is the party members that vote that individuals to be in-charge."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that an elder statesman and leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Edwin Clark, said there was nothing new in President Buhari's independence day speech.
It was reported that Buhari had addressed the nation on the occasion of its 59 years independent celebration on Tuesday, October 1, and expressed optimism that Nigeria would emerge stronger from its present challenges and be more resilient than ever.
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Clark, however, said that he had expected the president to dwell more on the challenge of insecurity in this country.
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