The former governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi has said that Nigerians are hungry and poor and that is the flame behind the fire of agitations.
Mr Obi said that for agitations across different ethnic groups in Nigeria to stop, governments at all levels will be ready to provide its citizens with food and jobs, and agitations will die naturally.
The former governor spoke at the weekend in Calabar during the 7th edition of the Bridge Leadership Foundation, a non-profit organisation found.
[Bridge Leadership Foundation is funded by the former governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke.
It was set by Gov. Imoke in 2011 with a commitment to build generations of young people, educated entrepreneurs who are ready to engaged citizens and empowered to take responsibility for their lives.]
Obi stated that these two vices were the real reason forcing people to seek help in ethnic and tribal groups to cause confusion in the country.
Speaking on the theme “Made in Nigeria: Local Production, Global Market’’, Peter Obi also touched on the topic `Leadership and Integrity’.
He stressed that most of the agitations had in recent times gone beyond control simply because those responsible in the management of machinery of government lacked the vision on how to manage the nation’s affairs.
The former Anambra governor cited Boko Haram in the North East, militancy in the Niger Delta, the Independent People of Biafra in the South East and farmers/herdsmen clash as some of the challenges which has bedeviled the Nigeria nation in recent times.
“Nigeria has the resources and potentials of becoming the greatest country in the world. But, the country lacks visionary leaders.
“Today, we have different forms of agitations in Nigeria because the people are poor hungry. The leaders have lost touch with those that they lead’’, Obi stressed.
Obi lauded the former governor of Cross River State Sen. Liyel Imoke for the sustenance of The Bridge Leadership Foundation (Imoke’s pet project) in the last seven years.
He stressed that capacity building organized for youths was one of the ways to fight youth unemployment.
Earlier, Senator Imoke, who spoke on the objectives of the it foundation, maintained that it was formed to raise future leaders who would excel in business, economy and governance to make the society a better place.
The former minister of power and steel stressed that the foundation has made an impact on over 25,000 young people in the last seven years through its numerous programmes.
He also stated that it has continued commitment of individuals, corporate organizations, partners, mentors and others.
“The foundation provides a valuable platform for young people to be inspired by the success stories of youths in Africa, particularly in Nigeria, who are scaling the huddles and challenges of growing up.
“Since 2011, we have worked towards reaching our vision of inspiring and empowering young people in Nigeria to fulfill their dreams and reach their greatest potential’’, Imoke maintained. [Orientaltimes]
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