A group, the National Rebirth Group (NGR), has appealed to Nigerians to take a firm stand against bad governance in the country which has resulted in the present pervasive hunger and poverty amidst plenty.
The group promised to provide a rallying point for Nigerians to agitate and fashion a way out of the present debacle” and warned that “the accumulation of governance deficits in the country could fundamentally threaten the survival of democracy.”
In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, at the end of a two-day National Organising Committee meeting of the NRG, at the Shehu Yar’Adua Centre, its Interim National Chairman, Comrade Salisu Mohammed, said that a tapestry of economic policy inconsistencies and gross maladministration were the defining features of the nation’s democracy.
“A cursory look at the political landscape of our country from the return to democracy in 1999 to date reveals a tapestry of perpetual political experimentations, economic policy inconsistencies and a system of maladministration characterised by bad governance.
There has been “endemic kleptomania at all levels of government with no end in sight which are further accentuated by a creeping instability and climate of uncertainty.
“A large chunk of the population can no longer afford to feed while school children in their thousands are dropping out of school due to the inability of parents to pay school fees.
“Employment, access to transportation, electricity, and healthcare which are collectively responsible for human development are becoming near-impossible to ordinary citizens leading to the observable state of despair among Nigerians.”