Nigerian Leaders Are Corrupt – Ibrahim Dasuki
The deposed Sultan who spoke in his Kaduna home today said the country can only know peace and progress if those in authority change their crooked ways and embrace honesty and justice in their dealings. He asked leaders that have failed in their responsibilities to resign and pave the way for younger politicians that have ideas to take over.
In his words: “Greatness is not achieved by proclamation but by hard work, honesty and transparency. The leaders and whole society need to be honest, just and fair for the country to develop and for its people to grow. Let the government from the local government to the presidency declare justice and everything would be all right, the insecurity would be resolved, the bombing would stop and corruption would end.
“How we came about it I don’t know but we are in a mess today. Dialogue (with Boko Haram sect) is very important because you don’t know who they are. The country is full of richness but there are many poor people in the society. Mismanagement and injustice have led us to where we are, and unless everybody contributed his part and we learn to coexist with each other, we may not resolve the problems facing the country.
“In our days as civil servants we can tell our ministers what is wrong and what is right. If we disagree with our minister, we can go to the federal executive council as permanent secretaries to defend our position. But the civil service is no longer civil. We used to be accounting officers as civil servants but today the governors are the accounting officers. So there was justice then but that is lacking today.
“I don’t know what a trillion is until I asked somebody to write it for me and he wrote 12 zeros. The average Nigerian is earning $1 per day with all the money that we have, yet somebody collected some peoples N2 billion pension and kept in his house in cash. The oil subsidy money, which is in billion, is also gone. We don’t have our own airline now we are a sleeping giant.
“The federal government gave the money directly to the local government without monitoring how it is spent. If we have any problem now it is the governors, they are supposed to leave but they are not ready. It is time for them to leave for new breed. ”
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