Secretary to the Lagos State Government, Mrs. Folashade Jaji has lamented the country’s leadership failure, noting that the country’s state of affairs was saddening.
Mrs Jaji who spoke at the launch of “Why Not- Citizenship, State Capture, Creeping Fascism and Criminal Hijack of Politics in Nigeria,” a book written by Professor Pat Utomi on Tuesday at the Chartered Institute of Bankers House, Victoria Island, Lagos, wondered why it has proved difficult for Nigeria to develop like other countries of the world.
“When I left office Head of Service in 2015, I was disillusioned because I felt that governance is not rocket science if there is sincerity of purpose. I think our people will get the dividends of democracy and we will not be referred to, as the president of America once said, one of those sh*thole countries,” she said.
“It is very sad and that is because our leaders have not been able to provide for the people. I don’t know why it is such a herculean task. We all travel, we see how developed these developed nations are and I don’t know why it is difficult for us to develop. I used to ponder.
“When I took up this position and they told me I’m now a politician, and I always say no, I’m not a politician. I say that because when they say you are a politician, it connotes a lot of negative things in my mind. But in the capacity that I’m serving, I’m there to serve everybody.”