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Utomi blames Warri explosions on flawed federalism

By Gabriel Enogholase

BENIN—The Director of Lagos Business School, Professor Pat Utomi, has observed that Nigeria created the conditions that led to the recent bombing in Warri.

Utomi, who spoke in Benin yesterday at the presentation of two books, Business Angel as a Missionary, which he authored, and Keeping Faith, an autobiography of Prof. Utomi written by Kola Olutimehi, insisted that the problems and anger from the Niger Delta were a result of flawed federalism negotiated at independence by the nation’s founding fathers.

Said he:  “If we are going to save this country, we need to have a pro-active elite interested in turning the situation in the country around. The trouble with Nigeria is that we do not have elite that predict the future and plan towards it.”

He posited that MEND, which claimed responsibility for the bombing in Warri during  Vanguard Newspaper’s organized Post-Amnesty Dialogue, wanted to make a statement to the world that it was on ground, but lamented that the militant group chose the “wrong place and a wrong manner” in delivering their message.

He said the irony of the bomb blast was that the bombs went off, just at the time Vanguard publisher, Mr. Sam Amuka, was talking about the situation in the Niger Delta as captured by the Willinks Commission’s report of 1958.

He described Nigeria as the only country in the world of it’s seize that was still lying prostrate, adding that the country was significantly poor because its institutions were weak.

He decried the poor reading and writing culture in the country and noted that some of the mistakes the country was making in its struggle to develop would have been avoided if past leaders with experience had put down their experiences in books for others to learn from.

Comparing Nigeria to Indonesia, Prof. Utomi explained that whereas Indonesia had developed under the purposeful leadership of Suharto, Nigeria has remained a global embarrassment.

Utomi urged Nigerians to carry out their duties with missionary zeal, adding that it was the only way they could affect the people and society


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