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Imo AG blames Nigeria’s leaders for woes


WORRIED by the myriad of problems confronting Nigeria since independence, the Imo State Attorney – General and Commissioner for Justice, Chukwuma- Machukwu Ume, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has canvassed for the emergence of strong opposition to the political leadership of the country in the next dispensation.

Delivering a paper titled “The Bane of Political Leadership in Nigeria Since Independence” at a symposium organized by the National Association of Philosophy Students of the Catholic Seat of Wisdom Seminary, Ariam Ikwuano, Umuahia, Abia State, Machukwu Ume, lamented that power supply situation had been one big problem and challenge that has remained intractable and which had drawn the nation backwards even as he , wondered why Nigerian leaders have been unable to fix the problem.

He noted that South Africa with a population of about 52.9 million has about 44,000 megawatts, while Nigeria with a larger population of about 160 million had been grappling with 4,000 megawatts of power supply.

He regretted that the Nigerian economy was fast becoming like that of Greece and called on Nigerians to rise to the challenge of ensuring free and fair elections

Machukwu Ume lamented the high cost of administration which he said has impacted negatively on other sectors of national life.

Decrying what he called the ‘Crippling Surrogacy System’, the Attorney General lamented that it was spawning a one-party system to the detriment of deep-rooted democratic culture.

He said the system of government adopted and practiced in Imo State by Governor Rochas Okorocha, had been yielding fruits for the citizens stressing that other states should copy it.

In their contributions, the Acting Rector of the Seat of Wisdom Seminary, Umuahia, Rev. Dr. Celestine Chibueze; a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy, Imo State University, Owerri, Dr. Michael Obioha Okoro; and the President of the NAPS, Callistus Ude commended the Attorney General for a brilliant paper adding that they would all find something useful in the paper.

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