A former Head of State, retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari, has attributed ineffective leadership in the country to the inability of government to provide effective education for Nigerians.
Mr. Buhari said this in Zaria on Saturday at a conference with the theme “Uniting our People for Change’’ organised by a group called “Movement for a Better Future’’.
“The biggest problem of this ineffective leadership in Nigeria is education.
“If you deny people effective education, you have finished them.
“Education is a vital tool for human existence and development.
“God has given Nigeria both material and human resources but we have not used them effectively.
“We have failed to organise ourselves to harness these resources.
“We have been talking about Sardaunana, Awolowo, Azikwe and Tafawa Balewa as great leaders; why can’t we emulate them,” Buhari asked.
In his remark, Gov. Ra’uf Aregbesola of Osun, appealed to Nigerians to elect credible candidates into various elective positions who would help to develop the country.
The governor, who was the special guest of honour at conference, stressed the need for Nigerians to work together to actualise national cohesion, a bright and progressive future.
The Chairman of the occasion and former Adviser to President Olusegun Obasanjo on Food Security, Prof. Ango Abdullahi expressed regret that Nigerian history was not being thought in secondary schools.
He said that teaching Nigerian history would enable students have better understanding of the country.
Abdullahi attributed the crisis facing the country to politics of deceit, ethnicity, religious bigotry, selfishness and greed.
He said that the number of people dying in Nigeria from hunger, disease and poverty, was more than those dying as a result of insecurity.
The Coordinator the group, Mr Mayaimaki Tom-Maiyashi expressed concern at the rate of poverty in Nigeria.