Nigeria after 58 years of independence is retrogressing, an ex-General Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers Frank Kokori has said.
Kokori said the country has not done well and blamed the rot in the West African nation on poor leadership.
He lamented the quest by Nigerians to go abroad through the Mediterranean Sea and other illegal and risky means.
“Nigeria’s problem is that of leadership failure. We don’t have men of character or patriotic individuals in positions of authority,” he told Punch.
“That is why our leaders, over the years, failed to drive this nation to where we ought to be.
“I always weep each time I see pictures and videos of young Nigerians passing through the worst inhuman treatment while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea in search of greener pasture.
“The problem actually affects the entire African continent and I wonder why it is so. I will say it is peculiar to the black people.
“Apart from one or two countries in Africa where leaders have shown courage, capacity and high level of sincerity, I am not aware of other countries that had had an opportunity to be led by visionary leaders.
“In my early days, when Nigerians go to Europe, he goes to study, not to do menial jobs.
“When you see young Nigerians abroad in those days, you will be proud of them because they were either studying in the university or polytechnic.”