Abuja - Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, blamed the unrest in the northern parts of the country on failure by politicians to address the plight of their subjects.
The premier said political leaders were preoccupied with struggles for power at the expense of service delivery.
The resultant high poverty levels, Shettima said, fuelled unrest in the region and the country as a whole.
"We have to improve on the quality of governance because leadership is a covenant between us and our people. We must ensure that we attend to the fundamental needs of our people.
"Life is all about economic development. Political dexterity does not earn one a place of reckoning in the committee of nations but the strength of one's economy determines the respect one gets," he said in Maiduguri where he hosted members of the presidential committee.
"The issue in Nigeria is always about the last election and the next election and nobody cares about what happens in between which is agitating the minds of all Nigerians.
"Here, we are busy struggling for superiority, we talk about who becomes Nigerian Governors Forum chairman and automatic ticket for candidates when leaders elsewhere are addressing problems affecting their people."
He painted a grim picture of the Nigerian economy in the next decade and the ability of the country to sustain its citizens.
According to analysts, the United States will be independent of foreign oil because of the alternative energy sources at its disposal.
It is reported in five years’ time, 14 African countries will become oil producers while Nigeria's population will be 250 million.
"...but nobody is thinking, nobody is giving us an idea on how to attend to the needs of these people and it is envisaged that the price of oil will plummet to 35 dollars per barrel. Even now, at $100 dollars per barrel we are finding it difficult to meet our needs," said Shettima.
- CAJ News