..we are fast becoming irrelevant in Africa, even globally
Hon Tajudeen Yusuf is an Economist and a former students union leader, he represents Kogi in the Federal parliament, in this brief chat with Emman Ovuakporie, the versatile lawmaker did not mince words in his assessment of the Nigeria polity as the nation marks her 59th independence.
How will you assess present-day Nigeria as we celebrate her 59th independence?
Hmm! I am ashamed to be associated with where we are now as a country. China moved her people from been 83% below the poverty line in 1981 to less than 1% below the poverty line in 2016 but Nigeria has dropped from 40% in the 80’s to 80% in 2018.
We were the 2nd fastest growing economy in 2014. Today we are the world headquarter of poverty. With over 80% of our population still living below the poverty line
There is no tangible or recognized pattern or policy that is consistent with globally accepted direction.
We have no system in place.
We live a life of falsehood from the highest office to the least.
The foundation of integrity that is a prerequisite to meaningful development has been thrown to the dogs.
Nigeria is increasingly irrelevant globally, even in Africa.