By Tinuade Salami
Poverty and hunger among other factors have been identified as the main causes of agitations by ethnic groups in Nigeria.
Former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi highlighted this in Calabar during the 7th lecture organised by the Bridge Leadership Foundation, a non-profit organisation founded by a former governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke.
Mr. Obi, who spoke on the topic, ‘Leadership and Integrity,’ said the agitations across the country had gone beyond control because Nigeria lacked visionary leaders. He added that leaders have lost touch with the governed.
He cited Boko Haram in the North-East, militancy in the Niger-Delta, the Independent People of Biafra in the South-East and farmers/herdsmen clash as some of the challenges facing the country today.
Mr. Obi said Nigeria has the resources and potentials of becoming the greatest country in the world but the country lacked visionary leaders.
He commended the organiser, Senator Liyel Imoke, for sustaining the foundation for seven years, adding that capacity building for youths was one of the ways of curbing youth unemployment in the country and also to inculcate entrepreneurial skills in young citizens
In his remarks, the organiser, Senator Imoke, said the objective of the foundation was to groom and encourage youths to take leadership role and have the basic knowledge of becoming entrepreneurs.
He said the foundation provides a valuable platform for young people to be inspired by the success stories of youths in Africa, particularly in Nigeria, who are scaling the huddles and challenges of growing up.