Kaduna State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje says the challenges confronting Nigeria are attributable to the faulty foundation laid by the European colonial masters.
Ganduje Speaks On Nigeria’s Problem
The governor spoke at the launch of the N250 million Dr Abdullahi Ganduje Lecture Theatre and Award at the University of Ibadan on Saturday, March 12.
According to him, the faulty foundation laid by the colonialists was done to actualise selfish interests rather than for Nigeria’s development.
Ganduje said, “The challenges of nation building in Nigeria are attributable to the very faulty foundation laid by the European colonial masters.
“These were purely done to actualise their interests and not for any genuine development of the country.
“From this historical legacy, therefore, regionalism has been a major challenge to nation-building in Nigeria. Under these conditions, it was easy for prejudice and fear to thrive,
“Nation-building is about building a common sense of purpose, sense of shared destiny and collective imagination of belonging. Nation-building is about building the tangible and intangible threads that hold a political entity together and give it a sense of purpose.”
According to the governor, the lack of consolidation around shared values and positions continue to undermine efforts at nation-building.
“This could be seen in the division between ‘indigenes’ and ‘settlers’, which has been a source of domestic tension and undermined our efforts at creating a common nationhood,” the governor said
“Leadership is a critical factor in nation-building that has to do with personal qualities of integrity, honesty, commitment, and competence of individual leaders at the top, and the collective qualities of common vision, focus and desire for development of the elites as a whole.
“Another important aspect of nation-building is the building of a common citizenship. A common nationhood cannot be achieved while citizens are living such parallel lives. Nations are built by healthy and skilled citizens.
“On grounds of both equity and efficiency, we need to promote the access of the bulk of the Nigerian population to basic education, health and housing.
“Nigeria needs a social contract with its citizens as a basis for demanding their loyalty and support. Leaders must raise governance standards by cultivating the culture of good governance.”
KanyiDaily recalls that a Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) had recently revealed that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has many corruption cases to answer.