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TMG laments Nigeria’s leadership failure

By Emeka Mamah

Kaduna —  The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) has lamented over what it described as crisis of leadership in the country.

It said every sector of the economy was experiencing one form of crisis or the other while the country’s leadership looked on as if things were in order.

The TMG Coordinator in the North-West Zone, Mr. Festus Okoye, who spoke in an interview with Vanguard in Kaduna, yesterday, regretted that the country was grinding to a halt without the leadership addressing the issues involved.

According to Okoye, the Federal Government should have addressed the closure of universities, the strike by health workers, the stoppage of work by electricity workers and their counterparts in the radio and television stations promptly without allowing the situation to degenerate.

“The country is grinding slowly and this shows that Nigeria is rudderless. Almost every sector of the Nigerian economy is in crisis, and there doesn’t seem to be any concerted effort at arresting and addressing the type of crisis that we have now.

“We believe that what President Umaru Yar’Adua needs to do is either to reshuffle or dissolve his cabinet and bring in patriotic people who can work and excel in crisis situation.

“There is a high level of disenchantment within the society and we do not want this type of disenchantment to be linked with democracy because it is not democracy that is creating the crisis we are going through. It is just a crisis of leadership and governance,” he said.

Okoye also commented on the disruption of a seminar on “Crisis of development and corruption” at Kagoro town hall by the police in Kaduna State, describing the situation as primitive and undemocratic.

“It is inconceivable that in an open society like Nigeria, the police are insisting on permission before somebody can hold a seminar, workshop or conference,” he said.


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