Vice President Kashim Shettima and Northern governors have declared that corrupt governance is responsible for the insecurity plaguing the North and Nigeria as a whole.
They made the declaration during presentations at the 10th Annual Sir Ahmadu Bello Foundation lecture and award hosted by Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State in Maiduguri on Saturday.
Shettima who was represented by his special adviser on Political Affairs, Hakeem-Baba Ahmed, said Sardauna has left a legacy of accountability, fairness and probity, which he said the current leaders have abandoned.
He said leaders’ corruption is one of the root causes of insecurity, noting, “The leader cannot engage in corruption if he wants to stand above the common thief, the bandit and the kidnapper.
Governor Babagana Umara Zulum, also said corruption is the reason why the country is not getting things right, while calling those in the position of leadership to provide good governance.
The guest speaker, Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, called on the government to address the abuse of power and insecurity challenges facing the country.
He said Sardauna is being glorified because of the value of teamwork, resilience and commitment to the provision of qualitative education, agriculture, and infrastructural development.
Also, the chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya, said good governance is the only way out of the insecurity in the region and the country as a whole.
Emeritus Professor Umaru Shehu, Aisha Muhammed Nahuce, Professor Deborah Eniho and Adams David Baiki received awards given by the foundation.
The 11th Ahmadu Bello Memorial Lecture is to be hosted by Bauchi State in 2025.