Maj. Hamza Al-Mustapha (rtd), Chief Security Officer to the late Nigerian military ruler, Gen. Sani Abacha, says some powerful countries are behind Nigeria’s failure to develop into an economic powerhouse.
According to him, the powerful nations began tampering with Nigeria’s future as far back as 1972.
The 60-year-old Al Mustapha stated this while highlighting some challenges inhibiting Nigeria’s socio-economic development.
“It is wrong for us to narrow the current challenges confronting Nigeria to the issue of trying to stop the 2023 poll, because it is much bigger than that.
“You should sit down and look at what makes Nigeria, the potentialities of Nigeria in the eyes of the world, you should look at Nigeria’s leadership positions in Africa and the world in general.
“You should also look at the negligence from the leadership at all levels. There is also the issue of poor strategic planning in situating the country as a leader in Africa and the world.
“And then, you should look at foreign forces that have been there making sure that Nigeria is retarded because of its numerous potential in terms of human and material resources,” he told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Explaining further, Al Mustapha said, “We are facing deliberate retardation which started in 1972 after some powerful countries decided to halt our development into an industrial economy.
“These foreign powers realised that Nigeria was blessed with large volume of oil and gas, they sat down, assessed Nigeria and discovered that from its abundant natural and human resources it was going to provide leadership in the world.
“It was then agreed that every mechanism from outside using collaborators from within must be applied to retard Nigeria’s development.
“They started with the power sector, ensuring that our industries were killed due to lack of adequate power supply,” he said.
Al Mustapha said the plan had negatively affected all sectors of the economy as well as every sphere of life.
”Up till this moment electricity supply in Nigeria is still very very expensive compared to other countries in spite of the fact that we have all it takes to have one of the most stable and cheap power supply in the world.
“We have the resources in abundance, we have coal and gas, we have solar energy in abundance because we are near the equator, we don’t have any excuse for power failure in Nigeria.
“Many countries situated far from the equator are using solar for power, yet we are suffering in darkness.
“We have hydro and gas resources in abundance and yet electricity generation and transmission in Nigeria is one of the most expensive in the world,” he said.
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