A former governor of Niger State, Dr Muazu Babangida
Aliyu, has chided the leadership of the country, saying
Nigeria’s economy has been plunged into grave danger in
the last six years.
Speaking with reporters in Abuja on Friday, Aliyu alleged
alleged the country has been weakened by bad policies,
poor implementation, wastages and plundering of
He said armed bandits and kidnappers have further
worsened the state of the economy.
“Those in the driver’s seat have been clueless on how to
turn the economic wheel around out of its wood and the
country has continued to slide into doldrums, greater pains,
penury and uncertainty,” he said.
He argued that the economic policies put in place in the
past six years have been inconsequential and of little effect
to redress the wobbling economic situation.
He argued further that without true and real empowerment
of citizens, “the superficial torch – the surface dressings” in
the name of giving palliatives to citizens were adding no
value on citizens as hardships bites harder every day.
The former two term governor of Niger, who was Chairman,
of the Northern States Governors Forum, described the
federal government’s School Feeding Programme as a
waste of resources.
“Without a defined social security programmes for citizens,
the federal government’s schools feeding programme is
meant to fail from its start.”
“What is paramount is for citizens, parents of children to be
empowered so that they could confidently take care of their
wards at home rather than giving school pupils rations and
fragments of meals during schools hours,” he said.
He said some years ago, the Peoples Democratic Party-led
government implemented the school feeding programme on
pilot scheme, in few states but realised its unworkability
and had to jettisoned it quickly.
On cases of abduction of school students, the former
governor said our country’s security agencies should have
known that the Kankara school boys abduction in Katsina
State was a trial test by the bandits for subsequent schools