By Christiana Ekpa
The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has identified leadership as the major problem of Nigeria, even as it dispelled the rumours that multi ethnicity is the bane of the most populous black nation.
A statement issued in commemoration of Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary, CDD said despite the myriad of challenges, citizens have hobbled the realisation of the country’s lofty potential.
It noted that the ‘Nigeria of our dream’ is possible, notwithstanding the problems.
The organisation expressed optimism that the diversity of Nigeria can be built on to become a source of strength, despite fears that multi-ethnicity is the source of unending sectarian conflicts and instability.
CDD stressed that the same problems of insecurity, hunger, poverty, malnutrition, maternal mortality, lack of infrastructure and human rights abuse, are what everyone faces irrespective of areas of origin.
“The problem is the lack of leadership and the right framework for governance. The right leadership can harness the diversity, creativity and boundless energies of the Nigerian population and make these attributes the basis of a strong, stable and efficient federation”, the statement said.
CDD also pointed out that the energy being expended by separatist groups to break up the country, could be better applied to uniting the country and making it work for the good of all.
The body charged Nigerians to participate in electoral processes, and get their voices heard to ensure that democracy delivers good governance.
“60 years after the attainment of independence, Nigeria’s democracy should begin to head in the direction of delivering quality, efficient and effective social goods and services to the long suffering citizens of our country”, the statement added.