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Nigeria will soon overcome current travails, says Bajowa

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A retired Nigerian Army General, Olu Bajowa has enjoined Nigerians not to give up on the travails confronting the country, assuring that the country will soon overcome her challenges.

He, however, bemoaned the high cost of governance, as Nigeria operates the most expensive presidential system of government globally, adding that the system is not healthy for the true practice of modern democracy.

Bajowa, who spoke with The Guardian on Friday, in commemoration of his 79th birthday ceremony, said the current socio-economic and political problems will soon become things of the past.

According to him, Nigeria is endowed with human and natural resources to be the giant of Africa and indeed the Black Race, adding that the country is blessed with all it takes to be a great nation.

He identified poor leadership as the bane of the nation’s problems, lamenting that Nigeria has been plagued by disoriented and visionless leaders since independence, especially the incursion of the military.

Bajowa, who was a Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence and Jagunmolu of Ikaleland noted that the problems have made Nigeria to lag behind other independent nations like Malaysia.

“I do not share the prophecy of doom propounded in certain quarters of the polity. Our problems today are self-imposed. Our founding fathers fashioned for the country a constitution based on federalism.

“The incursion of the military into politics, which is an aberration, deviated from the norm and imposed a unitary system of government for a country of multi-ethnic groups like Nigeria.”

The retired Army General called for the devolution of power and drastic reduction of the expensive cost of governance, saying governance must be people-oriented and patriotism-driven.

“As at now, Nigeria operates the most powerful and expensive presidency in the world,” he said, explaining that the American presidency, which was emulated, “is a lion in a cage, but that the “Nigerian presidency is a lion outside the cage.”


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