?Says privatisation, commercialisation and deregulation are western impositions present CNPP advocates change in government policies for development

Alhaji Balarabe Musa

Former governor of old Kaduna State and Chairman, Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), Alhaji Balarabe Musa, on Monday advocated a paradigm shift  to enable Nigerians have responsive leaders to govern the country.

Musa said in Abuja that the policies of government needed to protect public interest in all its ramifications rather than individual interests and not the parochial interest of an opportune few. “What we need in Nigeria now is change in the structure of government, which will automatically give the country a patriotic leadership.

 “Let us have a system based on public interest rather than enlightened self-interest. We need to throw away the mindless policies directed at privatisation, commercialisation and deregulation. They are impositions from the Western countries.Let us go back to the middle-of-the-road approach in managing the nation?s  economy to ensure peace, equality, the dignity of human person, progress and development of the country.“

According to Musa, the problem with Nigeria is not that of leadership but the way government institutions are structured to promote policies that alienate the larger populace. He said that the rising wave of insecurity was a direct consequence of policies geared towards self-interest in place of public interest.

The CNPP leader said that the past political leaderships performed better than the present crop of leaders. He attributed the success to the zeal of those leaders in the previous republics in making public interest a cardinal principle of governance.

Musa said the past political leaderships were more credible and more concerned with the welfare of the generality of the people rather than high net worth individuals. “What we have now is unemployment, poverty, insecurity, intolerant leadership, and high level of
corruption, making everything impossible,? he said.

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