A former Minister of Police Affairs and member Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BOT), Alhaji Adamu Maina Waziri has blamed the rising Boko Haram insurgency in some parts of the North East region on accumulated bad leadership from successive governments which started with the inception of democratic principle in 1999.
Waziri who said the bad leadership was empirically backed by data from acclaimed data collection and management institutions posited that these states have become the backwater of Nigeria economy with endemic poverty, pervasive illiteracy, and poor infrastructural development featuring prominently.
The PDP chieftain who spoke to journalists in Abuja insisted that only infrastructural development, youth employment and efforts by the current leadership of the states to reduce corruption and run inclusive governments will be the panacea to the crisis bedevilling the region.
His words, “Why is it happening in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe and not in Cross River, Akwa-Ibom or in the middle belt that are contiguous states? I want to say with all sense of responsibility that these states have suffered very bad leadership from 1999 to date. This bad leadership is empirically supported by the statistics from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), World Bank, Central Bank. They show these states and the North East generally as the backwater of Nigeria economy. It also shows that these states have endemic poverty, pervasive illiteracy, and lack of infrastructure all arising from bad governance” he said.
He therefore, berated those who had advocated for military solution to the crisis in the North East region saying that blowing hot air will never be the solution unless that aspect of leadership was tackled and people begin to feel the dividends of democracy which was not provided by the present leadership in the most affected states like Yobe.
“So, there can never be a military solution to this problem unless that aspect of leadership is also tackled. Even when the Niger Delta insurgency was on, substantial reasons for it were economic. Efforts were made to deal with economy indicators in the Niger Delta”.
Waziri maintained that providing infrastructural development, youth employment and efforts by the current leadership of the states to reduce corruption and run inclusive governments will be the only issue that will sustain any resolution of the crisis.
The Yobe State gubernatorial hopeful took a swipe on the Yobe State government noting that they have succeeded in impoverishing the people as there is no visible development recorded in the state since 1999.
Speaking further, Waziri chided those who recently went to court asking for the removal of the National Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu describing them as anti-democratic elements who were hell bent on truncating the relative peace the party is enjoying now and may be possibly playing the script of the opposition APC.