A former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has said that it was wrong to blame Buhari or any single person for the problems in the country, which he described as a result of cumulative years of leadership failure for which the entire political class is guilty.
Mr. Obi stated this in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, on Saturday during the 2017 Independence anniversary lecture at the Akanu- Ibiam International Conference Centre where he was a guest lecturer.
The former governor, who spoke on the topic “Change and changing Nigeria through harnessing of investment potentials of Ebonyi state: yesterday, today and tomorrow,” expressed regret that the countries with the same growth trajectory as Nigeria in the eighties have all overtaken the country in all indices of development.
The former governor blamed the recent rise in agitation of youth across the country, especially the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on the poor leadership of the past administrations in Nigeria, saying that the political class, including himself was guilty.
He said whether Nigeria was “out of or in” recession, the fact remained that a lot still needed to be done by the leaders, and called on the country to embrace the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.
“Nigeria should queue into Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), not in signature. The country is there in signature and it is the only country that got involved in Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and did not achieve one goal because as soon as we signed the signature, we threw it away and came here and started doing things wrongly.
“China put MDGs in their developmental agenda, they mainstreamed it in their developmental agenda and they are targeting to lift 16million people out of poverty but I don’t know how many people Nigeria will lift in the next 10 years because there is no such measurable goals, everything is done in confusion,” he said.
Concluding, Obi called on leaders of Nigeria to be alert to the dynamics in the world, especially the shift from baggage to knowledge economy. His words: “We are moving from baggage economy to knowledge economy. So, the country should stop dwelling on solid minerals because it is a baggage economy and nobody lives with it. This is what Nigeria is doing and we are still talking about oil which is already destined to finish one day,” Mr. Obi stated.