Popular economist and ex-presidential candidate of African Democratic Congress (ADC), Professor Pat Utomi, has asked for a national dialogue on the political future of Nigeria amidst her security problems.
Pat revealed this in Abuja at a one-day strategic citizens’ conversation on the state of the nation, organized by Nigeria Patriots Renaissance Forum.
According to him, the time is here for every hand to be on deck to rectify the several issues confronting Nigeria.
He added that he currently sees a lot of Nigerians giving up on the country so a national public conversation is very much needed for the common good of our nation and its citizens.
His words, “As I go around Nigeria, I have found out that most Nigerians are in despair; they have even given up on their country and that is a very dangerous thing to happen to any people.
“The question, therefore, is: why are Nigerians so distrust; why are they so unhappy; why are our leaders trading abuses and insults every day on one another.
“It seems to me that it is because we are not having a national public conversation which should focus on the common good of all.
“Some think the Nigerian state is hijacked and privatised; there is a sense in which people think elections are meaningless in Nigeria and there is a sense in which there is a level of distrust.
“We need to engage all critical stakeholders’ and groups, but we are starting from the group I like to refer to as complacent middle.”