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Nigeria needs attitudinal change, not restructuring, says NBA chief

By Charles Coffie Gyamfi Abeokuta   |   06 February 2017   |   1:49 am  

NBA President Abubakar Mahmoud

A chieftain of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has said that restructuring of the country was not the solution to the challenges confronting the country.
He maintained that until Nigerians change their attitudes towards the country, Nigeria would not witness any meaningful development.

The Chairman of the Abeokuta, Ogun State Chapter of NBA, Ibrahim Atanda, said even if the country breaks up, corruption, nepotism, individualism, among other vices, would continue to undermine the country.

Atanda, who spoke in a paper he delivered at an event organised by the Forum for the Patriotic Members of All Progressives Congress (FOPAMEC), to mark President Muhammadu Buhari’s 74th birthday, stressed that many Nigerians “were rather interested in appropriating national treasure for themselves only, their tribes, their ethnic groups, instead of joining hands together to salvage the country from imminent collapse.”

The FOPAMEC is a pro-democracy organisation, recognised by the national body of APC, with a mission to, among others propagate the party and imbibe the spirit of patriotism in the society towards a stable, secured and prosperous Nigerian nation.

The NBA boss, who spoke on the topic: “Change Begins with me, a Patriotism Orientation Alternative,” listed corruption as the major enemy of the country, emphasising that corruption does more harm to the country than terrorism, insecurity, kidnapping and armed robbery.

According to him, the economic recession currently confronting the country as well as other challenges such as kidnappings, armed robberies, terrorism and insecurity “are just a small reflection of the high level of corruption in the country.”

Atanda said that the main problems of Nigeria are corruption, indiscipline and dishonesty, which have all formed the basis of our day-to-day activities. “If we will not deceive ourselves, Nigeria is under siege, Nigeria is at war and the major enemy we have is corruption.”

Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun said President Buhari would lead the country to “paradise,” urging all Nigerians to be patient with the Federal Government.

Amosun, who was represented by the Commissioner for Community and Cooperatives, Mr. Gbenga Ademosun, insisted that though the country was in difficult position now, sooner or later it would overcome it, stating that Buhari was the right man to lead the country.

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