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Kolade, Asiodu, others lament suffocating polity

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Dr. Christopher Kolade

Some elder statesmen, under the umbrella of Burdened Elders, have bemoaned the violent turn of expressions, deepened economic hardship and increasing desperation in the national polity.

They also expressed concern over the slide in moral standards and value for human life.

Speaking at a press conference in Lagos yesterday on behalf of the group, Prof. Anya O. Anya, submitted that it was difficult for elders to stand by and watch the nation bleeds profusely yet not act.

Members of the league include Nigeria’s former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. Christopher Kolade; erstwhile Adviser to President Shehu Shagari on Economic Matters, Chief Philips Asiodu; Elder Syngle Wigwe; Amb. George Obiozor; Prof. Akinlawon Mabogunje; Chief Folake Solanke; and Mr. Olumide Onabolu.

He said: “No matter how dimmed the eyesight of the elders are, our ears can still her the pitiful cry of our grand and great grandchildren braving desert treks and other equally hazardous routes to escape the pain that Nigerians’ lives have become.

“Neither are we ignorant of the surge in prostitution, suicides and resurgence of ritual murders in the land.”

On his part, Kolade regretted that instead of looking at how to advance the course of the country, the leaders were busy amassing wealth for their selfish ends .

He noted that if the resources at the disposal of the nation were well managed, there would not any reason for Nigeria not to be in the comity of advanced nations globally.

To Asiodu, the fact that the nation doesn’t have a long-term plan and vision was disturbing and as such presents a serious albatross to its development.


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