By Prince Okafor
lagos—A grim picture of the nation’s health status was painted yesterday with one of the discussants at a public lecture, Professor Pat Utomi, saying that the country is bleeding and needs healing to get her out of the state.
The lecture organised by Evangelical Christian Union, ECU Alumni, titled: Towards 2019: Setting the Right Stage, in Lagos.
Prof. Utomi who was the guest speaker posited that, there had never been an election in Nigeria.
ECU is a non-profit, non-partisan, and non-political body of Alumni of Obafemi Awolowo University who were members of the Evangelical Christian Union (ECU) while on campus, to articulate for the nation qualities that those who will aspire to leadership in 2019 must possess given the present state of the nation.
In his presentation titled ‘Healing A Bleeding Nation: Toughing The Helm of His Garment’, Utomi noted that the essence of being is the pursuit of impactful life.
“If you don’t know how bad the state capture is in Nigeria, just take one picture. Once Buhari got ill and they were not sure what was going to happen they quickly gathered in Minna, a couple of them, to decide what to do next, who will become the next president, who will take over Nigeria – their private estate. That is the way they see it actually, and this small group of people rule us for 51 years.
“Forget the joke about elections. There has never been an election in Nigeria. If you want to know what happened in 1999, go and read Gen Ishaya Bamaiyi’s new book.”
According to him, we have suffered state capture for 50 years. “What emerged is a holding company that you can break the members into three groups with regards to developmental orientation and the fortunes of our country. ‘’
Also, the president of ECU, Ayo Adedeji, who was represented by the Public Relation Officer, Mrs. ToyinOladele, said the discussion for the progress of Nigeria must be of interest to everyone concerned with the country’s development.