How Northern leaders hinder region’s growth, by Ardo
The immediate past Nigerian Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, Alhaji Hassan Ardo, has accused Northern leaders of hindering the region’s growth by not emulating good leaders of the region.
He mentioned the late Sardauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello; and the country’s only Prime Minister, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, among others as leaders who meant well for the region.
In an interview with The Guardian in Taraba State yesterday, Ardo held that the refusal of governments at all levels to regard the traditional institution, by assigning constitutional roles to them, contributed immensely to the present security challenges in the country.
Affirming the huge development gap between the North and other parts of the country, he said the disparity had been there before the Muhammadu Buhari administration; hence five years would not be enough to correct it.
“More to that, I know to some extent that there are some people who have contributed to the underdevelopment of the northern part of Nigeria because instead of looking at the generality of the North, they are looking at themselves and their immediate families,” he added.
Ardo wondered why the region remained under-developed despite that most of those piloting the affairs of the country emerged from the region.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain called on Northern leaders, including the emirs, to come together and look at how they could tread the paths of the former leaders.
“We are responsible for our underdevelopment and we need a change,” he stressed.
Advocating proper at the federal level as the only way to progress, he said “the North needs people with the interest of the ordinary masses at heart. “Then we will have a better and developed northern Nigeria.”
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