Former governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke has bewailed the failure of Nigeria as a country. He stated that the system has been corrupted and that no political party can cleanse the country from its mess.
Mr. Duke said this on Saturday at the Front-foot media initiative roundtable discussion which was held in Ikeja, the Lagos state capital.
Duke expressed frustration that the rights of Nigerians to hold the leaders accountable is lost. He said Politicians have taken ownership of the media and it has become difficult to call the government if they don’t perform.
“the rot is so deep that even trying to do the right thing is odd to many people.”
“The only hope we can have is judicial reform. Judicial reform is more pertinent than political reform.
“One of the weaknesses in our nation is the justice system. Without justice, you will have no peace and unity.
“The system is so endemically corrupted; no political party can get us out of the rot. None of the politicians I see today can help us out of this.
“Nigeria has gone beyond a failed state, we are now becoming a global threat because we have the capacity to go anywhere.”
The National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commissioner, Mohammed Haruna, emphasized the need for Nigeria’s legal system to be strengthened for accountability.
“I am sure there is still a lot the media can do, I believe it is not the media alone that can hold politicians accountable. All of us have that responsibility to hold them accountable. I believe the media should lead the holding of institutions accountable to the public.
“Media holds the public the duty to bim its searchlight of political behaviour on those at the state and local government levels.” He said