Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
A former Ambassador to Belgium, Luxemburg and the European Union, Professor Alaba Ogunsanwo, has tasked President Muhammadu Buhari to re-dedicate himself to tackling the problem of insurgency in the country headlong to pave the way for development.
The don emphasised that sustained economic buoyancy and stability in the North are the major necessities to guarantee safety in Nigeria.
Professor Alaba Ogunsanwo made the assertion on Wednesday while speaking at a public lecture commemorating the 76th birthday of Chief Adebayo Akande, Founder of Splash FM, and the premier private radio in the Oyo State capital.
In the anti-corruption lecture entitled “Slaying of the Supreme Commander: A Sine Qua Non for Nigeria’s Development and Progress?”, Ogunsanwo reeled out the multi-farious problems confronting the country and submitted that the issues before the government are crucial and not only fighting corruption but rebuilding the nation as a whole.
“If the North is sick, Nigeria as a whole is sick,“ he stated while urging President Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, summon a retreat that will in the first place include himself and the governors of the Northern states where they will take a fundamental look at the north and its peculiar problems.
In the words of Professor Ogunsanwo, “if Buhari’s four years term were to come to an end with him leaving the north as he met it, his tenure will be regarded as a failure, no matter how much noise is made about having succeeded in curbing corruption in the country.
“It is our position that without a sustained economic buoyancy and stability in the North, Nigeria cannot be safe. Very early in Buhari’s administration, this major problem will have to be confronted head on.
Firstly, the President needs to be given a copy of the Ibrahim Zakari’s committee report for proper necessary digestion with basic questions being raised. Why are we not seeing factories being built across the north by investors internal to the north, domestic to Nigeria and foreign to outsiders?
“Nigerians on the oil block list can obviously afford to build factories that will generate the much needed employment for the millions of youths.
We can see Aliko Dangote’s factories involving hundreds of millions of dollars in several African countries. Why is he and others like him not being encouraged to invest in the core north?