Onu Challenge African Leaders of development
African will realize its full potentials when leaders commit themselves to serving the interest of their nation and make the people the epicenter of development. When this is done it will be easy to seamlessly develop the continent and uplift it to enviable position among the continents of the world the Minister of Science and Technology Dr. Ogbonnya Onu has said.
The Minister stated this while delivering the fourth Convocation Lecture at the Nigerian Turkish Nile University in Abuja today with the theme “the effect of the emergence of All Progressive Congress (APC) on the promotion of world peace”
Dr Onu lamented that while “Africa is so rich that virtually all important minerals resources are found in commercial quantities on the continent African are so poor that many of them risk their lives and forgo their human dignity as they desperately struggle to leave their homeland for foreign lands in search of better life” .
The Minister noted that while people from other continents come to Africa, in large number, to take our resources to help develop their various nations and yet Africans cannot use the same resources in their various homes to develop their own countries for the happiness and prosperity of Africans.
According to Dr. Onu “such leaders stop at nothing to weaken and if possible to strangulate the opposition. This is so even in multi-party democracy where there are many political parties, the opposition; the opposition political parties are so weakened that one political party, the governing party, is so dominant as to produce virtually all the leaders in the country”
“In other to achieve this, they move very quickly to weakened and emasculate all other institution of state. With weak institution s they find it easier to deny their citizens the protection of their fundamental human right. The then manipulate elections such that votes no longer counts and the voters no longer mater as citizens can no longer exercise their basic right to select who governs them.
He expressed pain and discomfort on the tragedy that has befallen able bodied and promising young Africans who perish in the Mediterranean sea in the quest to seek a for better life in Europe.
According to the Minister, the sea of Europe has been painted red by the red blood of these Africans who are escaping from the effect of poor leadership in their countries, seeking to escape what is perceived a hopeless life for a rosy existence in European countries.
To him all hope is not lost taking a cue from the emergence of the president Buhari following the coalescing of major opposition political parties in Nigeria that lead to the emergence of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and subsequent winning and peaceful hand-over of power from a ruling party to end opposition party.
“This is standard for the continent of Africa and the world at large” and evidence that if Nigeria can do it, other countries in Africa have the potential to imbibe and adopt such peaceful process to national integration and development
The Vice-Chancellor of the university Prof., Huseyi Sert noted the university has made impressive stride in ensuring that it bring s out the best quality of education in the country.
The Executive Secretary of National University Commission (NUC) Prof Julius Okjie call for a policy that made sit mandatory for all private universities and secondary schools to provide accommodation for their students.