– Professor Pat Utomi, a founding member of the All Progressives Congress, is not happy with the state of the Nigerian economy – Utomi, a director at the Lagos Business School, said President Buhari is not the only one in charge of the country The ‘class of 1966 and their cronies’ are in charge and running Nigeria with its president, Muhammadu Buhari, Professor Pat Utomi has revealed. Utomi, a founding member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and director of the Lagos Business School, reportedly said this in his reaction to the state of the Nigerian economy. Utomi mentioned former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Ibrahim Babangida, and Theophilus Danjuma as belonging to this ‘class of 1966’.
The Guardian reports that Utomi lamented that the level of politicking in the country was far higher than the focus on the economy. He reportedly added: “The central thing driving us should be Nigeria, the future, the children, productivity and growth. These are realities and should happen, but they are not happening.
“What happened in Nigeria is that the culture of the class of 1966 was primarily anti-intellectual. Maybe, they did not think through it as a policy, but they forced Nigeria’s brightest minds to live the town. “Buhari is part of the class of 1966. Is Obasanjo still around? Yes. What about TY Danjuma, Ibrahim Babangida? “They are still around? Nigeria is still in their hands, and the worst part is that they have created cronies. “What is required is a full understanding of what went wrong with Nigeria so that we can begin to correct it. Ignorance was a critical part of the problem. That is why we have the duty to educate. “The mistakes with the savings of excess crude earnings alone are so glaring that I think people everywhere should understand our problem. “But we just chose not to understand that more than anything, we should educate the Nigerian people about why leaderships is an intellectual activity. We need to think.
“This class also managed to demonize thinking so much that when you are thoughtful in Nigeria, people will say it is theory. “Nigerians should have gone beyond this to believe that thinking is something that doesn’t work. “Everywhere in the world, when leaders gather, they are looking for thinkers to be around them. But in Nigeria, we chase them away. “As in popular culture, people in the street say, grammar. That is one of the cultural damages.” Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reports that Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has agreed to lead a national discourse against violent extremism in Nigeria. The forum is being championed by Club de Madrid (CdM), in collaboration with the Office of the National Security Adviser to the President (ONSA) with the support of Preventing Violent Extremism (PAVE) and European Union (EU).
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