Former National Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has decried the high rate of social challenges in Northern Nigeria.
Jega said this during the Maitama Sule Leadership Lecture Series organised by the Coalition of Northern Nigeria (CNG) on Monday, November 15, in Katsina even as he challenged Northern leaders to imbibe selfless leadership.
He noted that the fundamental causes of the crises originate from poor leadership and selfishness, with narrow vision and ideas to develop Nigeria.
Jega said, “Whether it is poverty, unemployment, insecurity, infant mortality, out-of-school children, poor girl-child education, or even early marriage challenges.
“Everything you can think of, the terrible statistics always come from the northern part of this country”, he said.
Jega urged northern leaders to emulate erstwhile northern leaders; such as Maitama Sule and others, who led the country at their youthful ages; and each did very well in protecting and developing the region and ensuring its integrity.
“But several decades later while cherishing these heroes’ past memories of leaders; what kind of leadership qualities does the north have now,” Jega asked.
Meanwhile, the Spiritual Director, Adoration Ministry Enugu, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, has warned against imminent crisis if the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, dies in custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Mbaka made this known while calling on the congregation; to pray for the release of the secessionist on Sunday, November 14.
The cleric, who commended IPOB for calling off its Monday sit-at-home exercise, said the danger of the order was becoming a problem instead of a solution.
He further stated that he was pleased that the intervention of stakeholders has yielded results with the cancelation of the lockdown of the entire region.
Mbaka said, ”The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, the hero, Nnamdi Kanu, is expressing his empathy with the people of the Southeast over what they are passing through. He came to know that Igbos are suffering because of him. And he would not wish that suffering to continue. Therefore, nobody should stop anybody from going to his or her business any Monday.
“All of us should keep praying for his (Kanu) release, and work towards his freedom; because if he dies inside that place, it will cause more trouble. If he comes out, he will come out as a hero.”