In an interview with DW Africa, former Cross River state governor, Donald Duke, laid his mind bare on the administration of President Buhari. Donald Duke who has made his presidential ambitions known revealed that one of the reasons why the government of today is failing is because it is stuck in the past and refused to evolve by not making use of its young popular.
“Because I see such obvious failings. I see a leadership that is steeped in the past; that has refused to evolve with a nation that is predominantly a nation of young aspiring people and still doing things the way they were done many years ago and did not work. I think our leadership in the country today is totally out of tune with the current reality of our nation. There is disconnect somewhere so when you have a leadership that blames its young people for instance of not striving enough or of being lazy, there is a disconnect because the tools to make them achieve their aspiration have not been provided,” he said.
Accessing President Buhari’s government, Donald Duke said it came into power unprepared. He also touched on the issue of corruption and also insurgency.
“They were not prepared for leadership. For example, it took six months to set up a cabinet. Where do you hear such? President Buhari came into office to fight corruption and insecurity. Let us look at the scorecard. Corruption is not dead. Prosecuting corruption is addressing the symptom and not the problem. The real problem is you have got to create jobs for people; you have got to strengthen institutions that make it almost impossible to engage in such an activity.”
“They have announced that the war is over and Bokom Haram has been defeated. We know it hasn’t been defeated. There are still bombings and kidnappings in the North-East. If you visit the IDPs, you will see that we are breeding the next generation of very disgruntled people”.