80million Nigerians Impoverished – Don

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A don, Dr Is-haq Akintola, said on Wednesday in Lagos that more than 80 million Nigerians were poor and living in abject poverty.

Akintola, the Head, Religious Studies Department, Lagos State University (LASU), said that bad governance was at the root of the current bombings in Nigeria.

In an interview with our correspondent, the don said that the living condition of Nigerians was becoming worse by the day.

“The number of those feeding from the waste bin is increasing while fewer than 10 million Nigerians are not experiencing illnesses associated with malnourishment.

“The economy is harsh on the average citizen and this is because of bad political leadership,” said Akintola, an Islamic scholar.

Akintola attributed the sufferings of the people to the absence of sincere public policy makers, adding that focused leadership was lacking at all levels of our social lives.

The don said that the insecurity being experienced in the country was because of the high unemployment level and the lawlessness being exhibited by some security personnel.

He said that the various bombings, killings, kidnappings and destruction of property by some aggrieved groups in the country were by-products of poor political leadership.

“The perpetrators of these heinous acts are the unemployed ones amongst us; helpless and frustrated.

“An idle hand can surely succumb to carryout these kinds of activities,” he said. He urged government at all levels to make job creation a priority and institute policy measures that would economically emancipate the masses.

Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt conducting Environmental Sanitation exercise in parts of Port Harcourt metropolis at the weekend as part of Nigeria Army Day Celebrations.
Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt conducting Environmental Sanitation exercise in parts of Port Harcourt metropolis at the weekend as part of Nigeria Army Day Celebrations.