National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU), Dr Nassir Fagge has attributed the security challenges facing the country to direct consequences of leadership inability to provide responsible governance and quality education in the country.

Fagge who stated this in an address delivered at the opening ceremony of the 18th national delegates conference (NDC) of ASUU, held at the University of Ibadan, called for the overhaul of the economic model of Nigeria, which he said, allowed for wholesale stealing under the guise of privatisation.

“The political landscape is increasingly becoming intolerant and desperate. This is unhealthy for the polity. We believe that the Nigerian people are not being presented with sufficient options to choose from. The same crop of crooks are recycling themselves from one party to another to scramble for power. We cannot keep doing the same thing and expect different result. The ruling elites have systematically edged-out the people from governance equation. This crop of looters in garb of rulers pretending to be dealers cannot create the Nigeria of our dreams. We have a huge burden of responsibility to raise the consciousness of the people to demand for power through a legitimate and transparent electoral process.”

According to Fagge, the socio-economic inequalities arising from mindless and merciless corruption have bred all sorts of tendencies and subcultures alien to Nigeria.

“Why is it that our rulers are not only taking us for granted but are openly contemptuos of us? Why is that none of the arms of government in the country gives a damn about corruption and recklessness in our land? Why is it that every major corruption, fraud or open thievery case is always swept under the carpet and sometimes buried with bigger and grander scandal which in turn is also buried? he asked rhetorically.

Why is it that whenever a corruption case dominates the news media it disappears from both the airwaves and the newstands within a couple of days?”

While calling on Nigerians to demand and insist on getting protection of life and property rights entrenched in the government, Fagge said the menace of insecurity ought to have brought Nigerians on the streets demanding answers.

Fagge who noted that all is not well with Nigeria, said it was disturbing that while international capital keeps lying about economic growth in nigeria, added that Nigerians are increasingly becoming pauperised and their purchasing power is dwindling while “the mangers of our economy are claiming fastest growing economy in Africa.”

In his welcome speech, the University of Ibadan Chairman of the union, Professor Olusegun Ajiboye called on Nigerian scholars to research into fundamentalisms of thoughts, faiths and actions, with a view to tackling growing crime and terrorism in Nigeria.

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