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Nigeria didn’t become failed state under Jonathan -Senate President, Lawan

  Senate President Ahmad Lawan says the security challenges plaguing the country cannot make it a failed state.   Lawan said this on Sat...

 

Senate President Ahmad Lawan says the security challenges plaguing the country cannot make it a failed state.

 

Lawan said this on Saturday when he launched the 2021 empowerment programme to 2000 beneficiaries of Katsina central senatorial district.

 

In December 2020, Financial Times said Nigeria was “on the brink” of becoming a failed state.

 

The international business newspaper cited insecurity, stalled economic growth and weak institutions as some of the country’s biggest challenges.

 

On Friday, Nigerian governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the country is gradually moving towards becoming a failed state if the current trend of security challenges continues.

 

Lawan, however, said those projecting Nigeria as a failed state “are missing the point”.

 

He said if the country did not become a failed state during the era of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, then it was impossible for it to fail now.


“Those who were saying that in the present circumstance caused by insecurity, that Nigeria could turn a failed State, approaching a failed State or may likely end up a failed State, are missing the point because Nigeria can never be a failed State,” Lawan said.

 

“Again they forget that when a state of emergency was declared in some parts of the North-East during the Goodluck Jonathan administration, Nigeria did not turn a failed state, let alone the present.”

 

The number three citizen called on all stakeholders to join hands with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to overcome the present challenges facing the nation.