Nigeria lacks ideas, not money – Donald Duke

A former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, has said shortage of idea and not shortage of money is the problem of Nigeria.

Duke, who identified personal and collective visions as essential requirements for leading a state, said many governors in the country lacked them.

A statement on Sunday quoted Duke as saying this in Lagos at the 11th edition of the ?LEX Annual Lecture series.

The lecture, with the theme, ‘Making states work,’ was organised by ?LEX, a full-service commercial and litigation law firm, to stimulate debate on the strategies for making states in the country more efficient, self-reliant and sustainable.

Duke said, “The challenge of dysfunctional states in Nigeria goes beyond finance.

“One of the most essential factors in making states work is the framing of a personal vision and a collective vision for the state, which remains a missing component amongst many Nigerian governors.

“We are losing the essence of the federating units in Nigeria. As a leader, having a vision is essential but having a collective vision for the people is key.”

Duke added that it was regrettable that “in Nigeria, there are no consequences for doing the right things neither are there consequences for doing wrong.”

Also speaking at the event were a former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi; President of Council, the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede; Prof. Chidi Odinkalu of the Africa Programme on the Open Society Justice Initiative; and the Executive Director, Corporate & Sovereign Ratings, Agusto & Co., Mr. Isaac Babatunde.

Agreeing with Duke, Obi said governors needed clear visions to be able to engineer development in their states.

“The vision must be clear, that way, the leader can drive the state to success. The reason for most failure is the absence of a plan,” Obi said.

Obama Hits Back At Trump, Says He’s Unfit For Presidency & Has ‘Outright Wacky’ Ideas

U.S. President Barack Obama hit back at Donald Trump on Thursday for criticizing his foreign policy record, saying the Republican nominee was unfit to follow him into the Oval Office and the public should press him on his “outright wacky ideas”.

Speaking in Laos at the end of the second of two Asian summits, Obama said the tycoon’s lack of leadership credentials was exposed whenever he spoke and American voters were aware of that.

“I don’t think the guy’s qualified to be president of the United States, and every time he speaks, that opinion is confirmed,” Obama told a news conference.

“The most important thing for the public and the press is to just listen to what he says and follow up and ask questions about what appear to be either contradictory or uninformed, or outright wacky, ideas.”

Trump declared on Wednesday during a televised forum attended by military veterans that Russian President Vladimir Putin had been a better leader than Obama.

Trump said the progress of U.S. military generals had been stymied, or “reduced to rubble” with Obama as commander-in-chief and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton as his first secretary of state. It was the first time Trump and Clinton had squared off on the same stage since securing their nominations in July.

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