A former president of Malawi, Dr Joyce Banda, has said only radical change in leadership will lead to sustainable development in Nigeria and across Africa.
She was joined by the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, at the 12th Annual Zik lecture with the theme, “Reclaiming Zik’s World: Climate Justice and Africa’s Sustainable Development,” held at the Secretariat Complex of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State.
The annual Zik’s lecture series is in honour of Nigeria’s first President and nationalist, the late Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe.
In the series, Zik’s virtues and love for the development of Nigeria and Africa are highlighted.
Banda, in her keynote address at the event, said the greatest problem facing African countries and Nigeria in particular was leadership, adding that the late Azikiwe was a great nationalist, whose virtues should be imbibed for sustainable growth in the country.
She also tasked Africans to rise up against the challenge of poor, insensitive and corrupt leaders who have continued to impoverish the continent and to explore peaceful and united opportunities towards achieving meaningful and peaceful growth and development.
She said, “African leaders are corrupt, that is the situation we all must take responsibility and find solutions. African leaders are involved in organised crimes and looting.
“Unfortunately, we are all onlookers. Why are Africans not raising their eyes on these malpractices? The colonialists also looted and domiciled Africa’s wealth in Europe and the United States while we are here suffering. That is why Africa is today in economic stagnation, natural disasters.”
Also speaking, Makinde, who chaired the event, said a complete restructuring of Nigeria is needed if the country must move forward.
According to the Makinde, for over 60 years after independence, Nigeria has managed to remain indestructible after going through the civil war and several elections.
He eulogised the late Azikiwe, saying he fought to ensure Nigeria remained one.
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