Former Governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, has traced the problem of Nigeria to both the leaders and the followers.
Obi spoke at the 5th memorial lecture in honour of Prof Celestine Onwuliri in Ahiara, Imo State, at the weekend.
In a press statement by his Media Aide, Valentine Obienyem, the former governor said that the leaders of Nigeria have no passion for the country.
He criticised the followers for not telling the leaders the truth even when they were on the wrong path.
“Once somebody becomes a local government chairman, in six months, he would dedicate his new house and even bishops will preside at his thanksgiving, praying to God to bless him, even when it is obvious he has stolen the people’s money when the proper attitude would have been to shout thief, thief!”, Obi said.
Lamenting the growing rate of the debt profile in the country leading to the use of over 50% of the budgeted money for debt services and lack of saving culture, Obi called for the total re-examination and overhauling of the country’s financial architecture. Using the savings of many countries as an example, he submitted that if the country had saved, it would not have experienced inflation.
In his position on Nigeria’s leadership problem, the former Governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, said lack of structure and not the leadership or followership was the problem of the country. He said Nigeria had been able to produce fantastic leaders in the past.
The event was chaired by Chief Paschal Dozie, while the Special Guest, former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was represented by Senator Pius Anyim.
Prof Celestine Onwuliri was among those who died in the 2013 Dana plane crash in Lagos.