The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain, Dan Orbih, has said that Nigeria’s main problem is more of leadership recession rather than economic recession.
Mr Orbih, the National Vice Chairman, South-South of the party, said this on Sunday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin.
He said this was because Nigerians had not seen inspiring leadership giving them detailed efforts that were being made to address major problems facing the nation.
The party chieftain noted that those enthrusted with service at various strata of administration had left much to be desired in their performance.
According to Mr Orbih there is dismay across the country that public servants are not giving hope that if given enough time these problems will be a thing of the past.
He said that the ship of state was drifting dangerously while its captain “is not showing signs of awareness of the enormity of the problems facing us”.
He noted that the recent constitution amendments review exercise embarked upon by the members of the National Assembly, NASS, was totally diversionary.
“The issue of the NASS sending out members for purposes of wanting to change or amend the constitution is totally diversionary.
“This is because we have more serious problems facing us today as a nation, which the members of the NASS have turned a blind eye to.
“The problems we are facing today is more than a problem to be confronted with constitutional amendment.
“We have more problems facing us as a nation because of leadership, absence of leadership more or less.
“I want to add my voice that the greatest problem facing Nigeria today is not just economic recession, but leadership recession.
“So, for legislators to deploy resources for an exercise that will lead us nowhere is rather unfortunate,” he said.
The South-South PDP leader noted that what was expected of the NASS was making the government accountable to the people of the country.
He also said that the NASS should be able to ask questions concerning any fresh Chinese loans that are meant to mortgage the future of the country and reject same.
He added that at a time Nigerians could hardly travel from one place to the other within the country, the nation was busy negotiating Chinese loans to construct railway from Lagos to Katsina and Niger.
He said that it was disheartening that in South South, where the bulk of the nation’s revenue was coming from, “we cannot boast of good roads.
“So, this National Assembly must also wake up, so that we don’t have a situation where the executive arm of government is in deep slumber, and the NASS is also sleeping.
“They must wake up and represent the interest of those who elected them.
“For the PDP members in the NASS, I think it is time for them to play their role as elected members in opposition who are desirous of ensuring that there is good governance.
“This is by ensuring that the right things are done, and preventing the government from doing the wrong things.
“That is why we must at this point at all levels rise up to do those things that will further save this country from sliding downward,” Mr Orbih said.