A Niger Delta based environmentalist, Amb. Comrade Sheriff Mulade, has said that bad leadership in Nigeria is responsible for the slow pace of national growth and development.
He lamented that Niger Delta region is worst hit with infrastructural deficit and high rate of poverty following utter disregard for the region’s economic development by successive governments.
In an interactive session with newsmen in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital, Comrade Mulade drew federal government’s attention to economic, environmental, communal and leadership crises rocking the region, which, according to him, have thrown the Niger Delta into a web of conflicting interests.
He urged government to consider the setting up of a sustainable and comprehensive social welfare programme that will change the attitude of a selected few who took advantage of the crisis in the region to enrich themselves and build empires across the region in the name of fighting for the region’s development.
Comrade Mulade insisted that the Niger Delta people are no longer interested in arms struggle to agitate for the development of the region, saying: “We can no longer put up with individuals masquerading as those agitating for the development of the region.”
The environmentalist called for an end to developmental setbacks that political, traditional and religious leaders in the region are feasting on.
He said “they are the major problems of development in the region, sowing the seeds of selfishness, ethnicity and hatred among the people, in addition to the region’s development resources being embezzled by political and other leaders.”