By Kayode Abdulazeez
Former Federal Commissioner for Information and Culture, Major General Ibrahim Haruna (Rtd) has linked the problems facing the country to aged long poor leadership.
The civil war veteran made this known while speaking with journalists in Ilorin, during the Retirement golf tournament held in honour of Hon. Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi, held at the Ilorin golf club and sponsored by Mallam Faruq Ismail and Momrota Pharmacy.
“Nigeria didn’t experience good leadership under military rule nor did the country receive respite during the democratic era”, he said.
Lamenting that “the horrendous state the country is in now amidst its problems of insecurity and corruption, is as a result of the cumulative failures of both the military and Democratic leaders that have administered the country since its independence.”
“Have we had true democracy or have we had true military governments? I can only criticize both the military and democracy but the shortcut of it all is that the combination of both has brought us to where we are today,
“If they had succeeded we wouldn’t have insecurity in the nation as we have today, we wouldn’t have unknown gunmen, we wouldn’t have public officers who have connived to add N80 billion to their budgets.
“What we are enjoying today is the combination of successes and failures of previous administrations but our fear today is that we shouldn’t topple the good we have earned and replace it with the worse”, he said.
The octogenarian however suggested that, the country can solve some of its problems with the aid of journalists and leaders of institutions, saying that, “look at ASUU, we can solve their problem, our monetary value that is being eaten up by the inflation, but the journalists and leaders of institutions are all challenged.”