The Pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, on Thursday, October 1, bemoaned the current underdevelopment in the country, saying the country is yet to harness her potentials despite celebrating 60 years of independence.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Afenifere National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin.
According to the Afenifere chieftain, “Only a few weeks ago, former President Olusegun Obasanjo observed that the country was drifting towards state failure which was fully backed by Prof Wole Soyinka.
“Even the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, on the eve of the anniversary, declared that the cracks on the wall of Nigeria could lead to its break-up. Unfortunately, the country lacks a leadership that could mend the cracks.”
The Afenifere further bemoaned the “unhappiness in the land as the country cannot guarantee good living for the citizens who are locked under extreme insecurity.
“All the things that make for good living are beyond the reach of those who don’t have access to state resources. The country is deeply divided along ethnic and religious lines which the leadership seems to be thriving on. It is not surprising that the country is filled with separatist feelings at 60.”
In a similar vein, the Ohanaeze via a statement by its acting Secretary General/Publicity secretary, Prince Uche Achi-Okpaga, said Nigeria has gone more years backward than forward.
The organisation stated that “there is virtually nothing to celebrate at the 60th anniversary of Nigeria.”
It further lamented the current insecurity in the land despite the stature of Nigeria amongst the comity of nations.
“However, at 60, Nigeria is counting losses instead of gains. On security, Nigeria was a non permanent member of the UNO Security Council. We contributed troops as part of United Nations Peace Keeping Force to many Nations and they clearly distinguished themselves.
“Today, Boko Haram, bandits and/or killer Fulani herdsmen are killing military officers, trained with tax payers money, ravaging homes, villages and towns, all because professionalism and military precision have been relegated on the iota of ethnic chauvinism.
On the economy, the Ohanaeze reveaked that the over-reliance on importation has led to the decline in the valuation of the Naira.
“On the economy, the Naira has continued to nosedive; because at 60 years we are still importing fuel; in spite of all the oil refineries and billions of naira spent on “turn around maintenance;” and instead of copying or developing the modular refineries in the Niger Delta; which is not a rocket science, we are closing and destroying them.
“A greater percentage of Nigerians do not access dependable drinking water; electricity supply and good roads. We have continued to import virtually everything including toothpick.
“The palm oil; cocoa; groundnut; and all other agricultural products that sustained the economy prior to the discovery of oil have become history; and in gasping for breath in the wake of the COVID-19 onslaught; we decided to punish Nigerians the more by increasing electricity tariffs and the fuel pump price.
“The short one is that Nigeria has gone more years backward so that there is virtually nothing to celebrate. We should be bowing our heads in shame in the Comity of Nations.’