Niger State governor, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has expressed regrets that people of the northern parts of the country did not demand quality service from their leaders when they held fort as leaders of Nigeria.
Aliyu, who received the Arewa Youth Forum (AYF) on Wednesday in Minna, said the people took it for granted and did not demand quality leadership while the leaders in turn did not deem it fit to offer good leadership.
Aliyu said, “ And regrettably people had not been demanding for quality service from their leaders, and when you wait and take things for granted just because you have a leader from a particular place and he also takes it for granted — that, oh, this is home and begins to mess up and you do not demand for good leadership, that is the situation that we are in and how we’ve ended up.”
Linking the prevailing poverty situation and underdevelopment in the region to divine forces, Aliyu argued that from 1960 till date, if the citizenry subtracted the period that a northerner was the civilian president or military head of state, it would be discovered that the north has had more time to rule the country than any other parts of the nation.
The governor who said the outcry by the northern leaders has shown that the people of the region had been deceiving themselves all along over their privileged access to political power at the centre, however remarked that it was about time people demanded quality leadership.
He said, “Till today, even with the realisation, we still have problems everywhere because people still think they can run away from the general problem because nobody cares. And even if you steal money, there are times when money becomes ordinary papers without value.
“In fact, in the developed countries many people do not buy personal vehicles because when they come out of their doors there would be either a bus or a train or something else to take them to where they want to go, so why waste your time?” he added.