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Nigeria @59: Nigeria is Not 59 years Mature – Governor of Taraba


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The governor of Taraba state, Darius Ishaku, on Monday, September 30, lamented the current state of Nigeria and its alleged stunted growth despite being the acclaimed ‘giant of Africa’.

The Cable reports that Ishaku, while speaking with journalists in Jalingo, the capital of Taraba state, said despite being 59, Nigeria does not look mature for that age. “We’ve failed to take Nigeria to enviable position. Yes, we are 59-years-old, but I don’t think we are 59 years mature — it is sweet and ugly.

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“It is sweet because we have independence, but ugly because we have not been able to utilise the 59 years to take the country to an enviable position.

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“It’s a shame that Nigeria as a giant of Africa is still lagging behind. I was in Rwanda and I was amazed at their development in the healthcare sector alone,” he said.

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He noted that Nigeria has remained a ‘sitting giant’ adding that a lot still needs to be done. According to him, the country needs its citizens to transform their thinking, work hard in education, health and power, among others.

“If we can improve on power alone, the multiplier effects will be tremendous,” he said while adding that his administration will focus more on education, agriculture and healthcare.

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