Nigeria Has Failed, It’s Time to go Back to Drawing Board-NEF Convener


The convener of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Abdullahi Ango, says Nigerians must go back to the drawing board as the country’s systems have failed to work.

Mr Abdullahi, a former vice chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, said this at a book launch titled “Court and Politics”, authored by Umar Ardo in Abuja on Saturday.

He lamented that Nigeria, with over 200 million people, generated 4,000 megawatts 64 years after independence, adding, “Something is wrong with everybody, everyone. Everyone is guilty.”

He said, “Looking at present reality in the country, everyone, both the leaders and the led, have failed the country.

“Today, we’ve just had power failure; for 64 years, we have had 4,000 megawatts, what a shame. 4,000 megawatts of electricity is not enough for one big house in another country.

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“For those of us who from time to time go to Saudi Arabia on pilgrimage, I should remind you that the Masjid al-Haram, the Makkah mosque, uses 18,000 megawatts of electricity daily.

“The time has come for us to really go back to the drawing board so that all of us can be safe.”

Mr Abdullahi, who recalled that Nigeria practised a parliamentary system of government between 1960 and 1966, stated that the presidential system was too expensive for the country, as it required lots of resources to run.