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Huge security vote, bad omen Ė Buhari

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Date: 8th, FEBRUARY, 2013

Image: General MuhammaduBuhari (rtd),

Former military head of state and presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in the 2011 presidential election, General MuhammaduBuhari (rtd), has said that the huge money allotted as security vote to the detriment of other important sectors remains a dangerous trend that does not augur well of the country.

Buhari, who was speaking at the public presentation of a book titled ‘The Accidental Public Servant’ written by former minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Nasir El-Rufai, said leaders have been misapplying resources, hence the country stagnates.

He said, “When you spend two percent of your budget on education and the rest on security, there is no future for the country.”

He, therefore, challenged technocrats to salvage the country from politicians, saying that politicians have, over the years, mismanaged the country and squandered its resources.

He advocated for a system that would liberate the business of managing the critical sectors of the economy to technocrats, while the politicians should “fight themselves”.

Buhari further said, “When I was developing my thoughts to go into politics, I came across the information that the late Sir Ahmadu Bello used to devote 43 percent of his budget to education. Later, El-Rufai corrected me to say it was actually 46 percent. Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo was spending up to 65 percent of the budget on education.”

He described as unfortunate the trend where education has been neglected by government at all levels, adding that to the disagreement of his friends sometimes, he praise the British for what they left for the country.

He said, “They established institutions; the police, the judiciary and the civil service, but we have run down these institutions over the years since our independence.”

Commenting on the book, Buhari eulogised El-Rufai for being forthright; saying, “The book is a product of so much courage and intellectualism.”

In his own remarks, Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos state, canvassed the diversification of governance and the involvement of people with private-sector background so as to inject fresh and reactionary thinking into the way government machinery is run.

Fashola said: “People complain of dearth of leadership in the country, but I say no, we have seen leadership working in the private sector. Let us bring those champions in the private sector back to the public sector.”

He further said that Nigeria has been a ship that cruise on the seas without direction, saying “God has become our last post. We are unable to explain how things happen in this country. We know that God is the architect of our destiny, but He has given us the freewill.”

Article Credit: The Blueprint News

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