According to the report from the Sun, Professor ABC Nwosu who served as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria during the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo, expressed concern that people are forgetting the way things used to be in Nigeria and that the country is headed for destruction if it does not address the issues of corruption and the lack of moral values.
He cites the example of the former Premier of the Eastern Region, Michael Opara, who lived simply and without corruption. He argued that the current culture of greed and self-interest is detrimental to the country’s future.
“Why are people looking at things as if they never existed? In 1960, I walked for 7 miles and not kilometers to watch the lifting of the Nigerian flag.
The former Premier of Eastern Region, Michael Opara didn’t have a property where he lived. He didn’t have anywhere.
He only had one in Umuahia which he got through a loan. He gave it to Ojukwu during the war. When he died, people raised money to build a befitting house for him where he was buried.
He didn’t have any earthly possessions. Today, how can one man embezzle over N100 billion? And I hear about plea bargains. These things didn’t exist before. Those who know these things are gradually dying. As we die, the country will die if we don’t restructure the country. The country now is unheard of anywhere.”