A Niger Delta based environmentalist, Amb Comrade Mulade Sheriff says bad leadership in Nigeria is responsible for the slow pace of national growth and development.
Amb. Mulade lamented that Niger Delta Region is worst hit with infrastructural deficits and high rate of poverty following utter disregard for the region’s economic dynamics.
In an interactive session with newsmen in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Comrade Mulade drew Federal government’s attention to economic, environmental, communal and leadership crises rocking the region, which, according to him, have thrown the Niger Delta into a web of conflicting interests.
He urged government to consider the setting up of a sustainable and comprehensive social welfare programme that will change the attitude of a selected few who took advantage of the crises in the region to enrich themselves and build empires across the region in the name of fighting for the region’s development.
Comrade Mulade insisted that the Niger Delta people were no longer interested in arms struggle to agitate for the development of the region, saying that “we can no longer put up with individuals masquerading as those agitating for the development of the region.”
The environmentalist called for an end to developmental setbacks that political, traditional and religious leaders in the region are feasting on.
He said “they are the major problems of development in the region, sowing the seeds of selfishness, ethnicity and hatred among the people, in addition to the region’s development resources being embezzled by political and other leaders.”