“Prior to Jonathan’s administration, we’ve only had experimental democracy.”
A former Minister of Sports, Taoheed Adedoja, has urged Nigerians to be patient with the Goodluck Jonathan administration, saying it ushered in the first true democratic government.
Mr. Adedoja made the plea at a forum organised on Tuesday in Ibadan by the League of Veteran Journalists, Oyo State Chapter.
The former minister said that in spite of some national challenges, Mr. Jonathan had ensured that the nation remained on the path of development.
“Prior to Jonathan’s administration, we’ve only had experimental democracy.
“He remains the only true democrat who takes his time on issues because Nigeria cannot be toyed with; he cannot afford to experiment with people’s lives,” he said.
He commended the president for promoting Public Private Partnership to boost infrastructural development across the country.
“Things fell apart in Nigeria and we got it wrong as a nation, tying everything we could think of to government.
“It is very wrong to think that government budget can take care of everything we expect,” he said.
Mr. Adedoja also said the challenges facing the nation’s education sector could only be dealt with in phases.
“These problems had existed long before now. The decay did not start today, but we should be patient with the government.
“However, we look forward to a time when these universities will come up with ways of generating income without having to rely solely on the government,” he said.
The Oyo politician urged Nigerians with developmental ideas not to give up on Nigeria, saying:
“Take for instance, I am a rare Nigerian because I went through all stages of my education without paying a fee and because of this, I owe this country my services.
“Nigeria is a great country and it can be greater. Our challenges are not exceptional and we should not be in a hurry to compare Nigeria with other nations.”
The forum was anchored by Agboola Sanni, the Chief Executive Officer of Priority Services Nigeria Limited.
The League of Veteran Journalists in the state is made up of retired professional journalists with Kola Animashaun as the chairman.
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