A former Minister of Health, Prof ABC Nwosu, says most of the challenges confronting the nation resulted from President Muhammadu Buhari administration completely mismanaging the nation’s diversity.
He stated this in an interview published by Saturday Vanguard.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain decried the appointment of service chiefs in such a way as to exclude the South-East geopolitical zone of the country.
Nwosu said he was scared Nigeria could become another Somalia as insecurity continued to be a challenge.
Asked if he was scared for the nation’s future, he said: “Very much so; failed states of which Somalia is the best example, are those states where the security situation has failed irretrievably.
“When the various zones of Nigeria are as concerned to the extent that they are now over insecurity, every citizen should worry. For me who fled the University of Ibadan to University of Nigeria in 1966 because of insecurity, I am doubly worried because decades of reflecting on this showed clearly that if I were Yoruba or Tiv or Fulani I would not have fled the University of Ibadan.
“I know that the late Ken Saro-Wiwa, an Ogoni, fled the University of Ibadan with us to the University of Nigeria before he later left for Port Harcourt.
“This is of serious concern to me because security transcends our diversity and every Nigeria citizen must feel secure in any part of Nigeria.”
He then berated the present administration for not managing the country’s diversity well.
Asked if he meant that the Buhari administration was mismanaging the nation’s diversity, Nwosu said: “I am saying so and very loudly too.
“When appointments of service chiefs become skewed to one part of the country, when a zone comprising five states is excluded, when appointments are annoyingly made from one zone to the irritation of others as this government has done, it is a complete mismanagement of Nigeria’s diversity.”