Kaduna — The chairman of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) and Second Republic governor of old Kaduna State, Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa, has lamented that the poor people of the nation are not likely to see the promised land soon because the country is virtually being run by thieves.
According to the former governor, the economic system the country is operating is "socio-economic which is based on narrow, self-interest. It is this system that is directly responsible for the disabling level of corruption, stealing and waste of public resources. It is this system that is responsible for the fact that we have virtually thieves running the affairs of this country".
Speaking in an interview in Kaduna, Balarabe Musa was apprehensive that the United States of America's prediction that Nigeria would disintegrate in 15 years should not be easily dismissed, considering the current realities on ground.
He said: "The only thing we can do to change the negative state of the nation for good is to change the socio-economic system. If you change the socio-economic system from one based on narrow self- interest to one based on public interest and patriotism, you will automatically also change the political leadership from a thieving political leadership to a patriotic and democratic political leadership.
"This is what all countries in history did to achieve all-round socio-economic, cultural and political changes. This can be done peacefully, through the power of the people. But if these become impossible, then, by any means... and this is, of course, consistent with the history of mankind."
Expaining further, Alhaji Musa said: "Now, this brings me to another issue; and that is the American prediction that in 15 years time, Nigeria will disintegrate. You can't dismiss this American prediction because the concrete realities now in Nigeria, if they are not checked, could lead to that.
" Secondly, America itself as an imperialist power is part of what could bring the disintegration. Now, what is the reality? The reality now in 2009, November for that matter... the reality is that the government is useless, the opposition to the government is even more useless. So what you have is this disabling level of corruption, stealing and waste. So, what you have, really, is bureaucratic anarchy which is on the way to becoming social anarchy.
"Now, if this happens, Nigeria can become what Somalia has been for the past 18 years. Because Nigeria is very strategic in many respects, in Africa and even in the world, in terms of the size of the population, the size of the geographical areas, the endowment in the country's natural resources, in particular this oil and gas, because of these advantages, Nigeria has imperialism... America will not allow the situation in Somalia to happen here because it will be at their own expense."