By Jon Egie

 

 

President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan

Corruption and politician’s attitude towards the welfare of the masses have been identified as the woes of Nigeria.

 

Speakers at the maiden edition of the National Reformer Newspaper Discourse on the state of the nation have so reasoned.

 

The speakers who are experts in their various disciplines, cautioned politicians not to arm unemployed youths for dirty jobs, ahead of 2015 general election.

 

They implored President Goodluck Jonathan to take the fight against corruption more serious.

 

During the discourse the speakers emphasised the need for politicians not to see 2015 as a do or die political year and urged a halt to the activities of Boko Haram which according to them has greatly hurt the nation.

 

The speakers lambasted the judiciary for not doing enough to uphold the rule of law and went ahead to accuse the Bench and Bar of being more corrupt than the politicians.

 

 

Elder Francis Salifu, the Omachi-Attah of Igala nation makes his presentation as others look on

Elder Francis Salifu, the Omachi-Attah of Igala nation makes his presentation as others look on

They blamed the cause of Boko Haram insurgency on bad leadership of past administrations, a cumulative impact the Jonathan administration inherited and not necessarily as an effect of poverty in the north of Nigeria.

 

The speakers called on Nigerians and the international community to stop blaming President Goodluck Jonathan for the woes of Nigeria which predate the present administration.

 

The Speakers at the National Reformer Newspaper’s discourse on the State of the Nation include: Mrs. Veronica Ogbuagu, Barrister Oghenejabor Ikimi, Mr. Sunny Onuesoke, Comrade Paul Bebenimibo, Dr. Evelyn Omawumi, Barrister Robinson Ariyo, Mr. Zik Gbemre, Mr. Matthew Itsekure, Barrister Mike Ukusare and Elder Francis Salifu.

 

Others were; Mr. Ezele Efeme, Chief Etoromi Satchie, Mr. Joe Ambakederemo, Barrister Victor Otomiewo, Barrister David Ekereokosu, Chief Jeffrey Ojogun, Barrister David Ekerekosu, and Apostle Clement Tonfawei.

 

Earlier, the News Editor of the Reformer Newspaper, Mr Francis Sadhere said the discourse was organised to honour the June 12, 1993 general election that was annulled by Gen Ibrahim Babangida.

 

Highlight of the occasion was the donation of books to the library of the Newspaper by Dr Mrs Veronica Ogbuagu, former Commissioner of Education in Delta State.