Lagos - Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, has blamed the country’s lack of sustainable development on alleged lack of value systems and policy inconsistency.
He spoke at a political debate themed, “Fixing Nigeria: The Nuts and Bolts”, organized by the Kukah Centre at the International Conference Centre in Abuja.
He cited as an example the American presidential system, which he said bound the American people together and guided their political parties.
“The political parties in Nigeria are not guided by any such value system,” he argued.
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“Those are the electoral issues. So you won’t hear a political party in America saying ‘vote me in and you won’t pay tax’. That party has automatically lost the election. If you sit down and read the manifestoes of all the parties, they are the same. The reason is not far-fetched. It is all about people wanting the same things. So every manifesto will talk to you about healthcare, it will talk to you about education. It will talk to you about food security, it will talk to you about housing and all these things are the things the people expect to hear.”
Fashola maintained that if the nation must attain its full potential among the comity of nations, Nigerians must go back to values.
“If there is a common value, then Nigerian political parties will have very robust bipartisan political engagement. What is our value about law and order, is everybody equal before the law? Once we agree to that then we will not hear ‘oh he is our son when an individual goes against the law of the land’. When we agree that a national honour should be for people with integrity who have served the nation honourably, then we must stand up and say no when a person of questionable character is in the list of those to be honoured.”
– CAJ News