A senior lecturer with the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, Dr Saheed Timehin and a member of the House of Representatives, Hon Lasun Yusuf have attributed the socio-economic crisis in the country to the ineffectiveness of government.
The duo believed that Nigerian government has failed the society.
They spoke during the Ramadan Lecture and Quranic Competition organised by AbdulRasheed Mafe Quranic Foundation in Lagos.
Lasun, who represents Irepodun/Olorunda/Orolu/Osogbo Federal Constituency in Osun State, declared that there is no government in Nigeria.
Expatiating this, he said, the basic functions of government have not been met, hence it seizes to exist.
“What I mean practically is that when you look at the constitution, Nigeria has a very good constitution no doubt about that, but government has seized to perform its basic functions which are security of lives and welfare of the people; that is why I find it difficult to understanding if government exist or not,” he said.
He restated the need for Nigerians, nay Africans to look inward and fashion out way forward.
“I don’t know the problem of black man and I have always tried to find out from scholars either religion or academics what is wrong with black man; it looks like we don’t like others and we don’t like rules and God in His infinite mercy created this world with rules and order; as human being, when you refuse to follow rules and order, then you can’t have a good society.
Government needs to appreciate the benefits of orderliness and do its utmost to ensure people obey rules and regulation,” he said.
Dr Timehin said the major challenge facing the country is insecurity.
He said: “We find ourselves in this mess because government has failed in providing social welfare packages for the people. One of the essences of governance is that the government is suppose to put in place structures that will guarantee the total well being of everybody; when a certain section or a considerable portion of the society suffers, then there is going to be a problem.”
According to him, nobody feels positive impact of the government.
“We only feel the negative impact of the government – people suffer on a daily basis and unemployment increases on a daily basis. As a result of these, it is better to just admit that there is no government metaphorically because there are people running the affair of the state,” he stated.
Founder of the foundation and Chairman of Mosan-Okunola Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Lagos State, Alhaji AbdulRasheed Mafe blamed the centralisation of government for the crisis.
He canvassed decentralisation of power as a way out of the political logjam in the country.
“In advance country,” Mafe said, “the power to police the populace lies with state and local governments,” adding that the Federal Government should be more concerned with external security.
He urged the Federal Government to reconsider the creation of state police to curb the growing insecurity.
Mafe dismissed the argument of politicisation of the force if created at state level.