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Nigeria not a failed state – Buhari

By Emeka Mamah

KADUNA—A former Head of State, General Mohammadu Buhari (rtd), said weekend that there were no indications that Nigeria was either heading towards a failed state or has completely failed contrary to speculations by some countries and their Nigerian collaborators that the country has already failed or heading towards that direction.
He said there were no indices for him to believe that the country is in such serious crises.

Buhari, who was also the Presidential candidate of the All Nigerian Peoples Party, ANPP, in the 2003 and the 2007 presidential elections before joining CPC, spoke at the Gamji Members’ Association and Gamji Club International 50th anniversary lecture in Kaduna.

He spoke as a former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Mamman Nasir, said that the only solution to the nation’s myriad of problems was for the leaders to reform the electoral process.

According to him, the country cannot move forward without credible and transparent elections.

Buhari said what the country needed is good governance, noting that good governance will solve all the nation’s problems.

He stressed that the country is, however, in a precarious situation because of mismanagement of its resources in the last 12 years by those entrusted with its leadership, occasioned by corruption and insincerely.

According to him, Nigeria has all the ingredients of a great nation which includes abundant human resources, abundant oil and gas reserve, an array of large forest and unfathomable water resources, among others.

The former military leader pointing out that what the country needed to break into the league of developed nations is power generation and improved infrastructure.

On unity, he said government needs to bring the people together as one indivisible unit in the quest to place the country on a higher pedestal in the comity of nations, as according to him, “whatever God has joined together let no man put asunder.”

Buhari stressed, however that this can only be “achieved if and only when government is sincere and  truthful to the people.”


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