By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Immediate past governor of Niger state and current Chairman, Forum of All Former Governors in Nigeria, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has said that the ongoing clashes, confrontations by citizens in parts of south west Nigeria, nay other parts of the country are neither ethnic cleansing nor expression of religious intolerance.
The former governor said citizens and the country were at the precipice of pains, anguish and dissolutions as a result of bad governance.
He argued that the pogrom happening in parts of Oyo state and as much as in all over the country, have nothing to do with religion, ethnicity or expressions of regional hegemony by ethnic or regional nationalists but rather manifestations of system and government failures.
In a statement issued late Monday night, Dr. Babangida Aliyu argued that “what is unfolding now across the country is about lack of good leadership and bad governance which is taking it’s toll on the land and the citizens.
He lamented that so much had been allowed to slip off either inadvertently or deliberately and as a result of poor vision, tactlessness and from procrastination in decision making and in taking decisive actions on state affairs and other critical issues of day to day administration.
Dr. Babangida Aliyu laid the blame on current state of affairs in the country to blind choice and sentiment in voting for the right calibre of persons for sensitive public offices.
“Here in the north, anytime the northerners get a chance to vote, most people rush to elect our third eleven and expect miracles. We keep spewing sentiments instead of well articulated policies” he said.
The erstwhile Chairman of the Forum of 19 Northern Governors, noted that unless there is proper voter education, beyond just civic education, the country could continue grope in search of good leaders who could deliver good governance for the good of all and for the country.
He tasked citizens to be wiser and always demand from those who come to seek for their mandates what such people will offer them as a people and their communities as their rights beyond selling their votes for peanuts’ fees.
He insisted that the crisis, conflicts and confrontations amongst citizens across parts of country and the increasing cases of insecurity reflected in banditry, kidnapping for ransom, insurrection and other violent crimes were clear manifestation of the increasing levels of systematic failures in governance which according to him must be addressed before the country could heave a sigh of relief.