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NIGERIA HOLDS THE KEY TO AFRICA'S GREATNESS

NIGERIA HOLDS THE KEY TO AFRICA'S GREATNESS

By:Joy Jaiyesimi

The ineptitude of African leaders has been identified as the reasons for the woes of insecurity, economy hardship and political instability bedeviling the continent.

A former director of the Kenyan anti-corruption agency, Prof. Patrick Lumumba, stated this while speaking at the 20th anniversary of Stefanos Foundation a non-governmental organization working on the plight of displaced persons in Northern Nigeria, in Abuja, with the theme ‘Census 2022: Concerns for Internally Displaced Persons and Implications on the 2023 general elections.’

According to Prof. Patrick Lumumba, the African continent is going through difficult times especially in security and governance which he linked to institutional corruption and lack of good leadership structures.

“The day Nigeria gets it right, that is the day Africa get it Right. The day Nigeria begins to govern itself well, Africa will realised it’s economic development,” Mulumba said while chiding African leaders for not speaking against the conflict in the region when they met at the AU summit.

Programme Coordinator, Stefanos Foundation, Mark Lipdo, said terrorists’ activities in the country encouraged high level of crime with impunity and has now given room for political exploitations that is affecting the rule of law and good governance.

He maintained that bias, intolerance, marginalization and sectional scheming has further deepened the fault lines, noting there are no signs of “these ills abating any time soon”.

Lidpo said the Stefanos Foundation had been working to intervene in the agony, pain, and suffering that this violence has caused thousands of people in the country.