NASA to Buhari: ‘Change’ benefiting the rich than the poor

President Muhammadu Buhari has been charged to address injustices in the country to check growing insecurity and engender lasting peace.

Such injustices include unemployment, bad roads, poor education, infrastructure, lack of quality health institution, corruption, lack of potable water, widening gap between the rich and the poor and herdsmen killing, among others.

The president was also urged to work out a blueprint for Nigerians to work and live together as well as make people the cornerstone of his administration.

These were part of the communiqué issued at the end of the 22nd annual National Conference of Nigerian Anthropological and Sociological Practitioners Association (NASA) hosted by University of Ibadan.

The communiqué, signed by National President, Mrs Folashade Okesola and LOC Chairperson, Mrs Adebimpe Adenugba, noted that Nigerians are living under harsh conditions which make crime and criminality thrive.

According to NASA, contours of change are presently negatively affecting Nigerian masses that constitute the majority while the few rich are still benefiting.

As association of sociologists and anthropologists, NASA noted that a just system must be entrenched by the President where those who use religion and ethnicity for political manoeuvring and cause conflict are punished.

NASA also asked President Buhari to reduce illiteracy by increasing funding for education and improve health facilities provided for Nigerians to compare with what the president enjoyed when he went to UK for medicals.

Lamenting that the present system of democracy in the country lacks the basic fundamentals of democracy, NASA stated that while Nigerians lack consensus on how they want to live together, the elite seemed to have reached a consensus to destroy Nigeria through corruption.

The communique read in part, “corruption is widespread in Nigeria not because the people are different from other parts of the world, but because conditions are conducive for it. In Nigeria, accountability is generally weak, political competitions ad civil liberties are often restricted. Laws and principles of ethics in government are poorly developed and legal institutions charged with enforcing them are ill-prepared. The impediments to implementation of the anti-money laundering standards include anti-graft agencies manned by corrupt personnel, harassment of political opponents by law enforcement agencies, lack of cooperation from banks, among others.

"There is need for improvement in the socio-economic life of the people and leadership example; punitive measures on corrupt practices and value re-orientation as well as independence of anti-money laundering enforcement agencies".

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