A former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has accused the federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari of not doing enough to alleviate the sufferings of the people.
He also decried the high level of hunger and poverty that Nigerians were passing through.
Obi warned that the Nigerian economy would collapse soon if the federal government did not take immediate steps to arrest the rot in the system.
He gave the warning in an address at the Federal University, Ndufu Alike Ikwo (FUNAI) during the grand-finale and presentation of awards to winners of a creative writing competition.
The ex-governor further urged the government to cut the cost of governance, warning that the country was living on borrowed time.
He said: “Our leaders are doing things wrong, we should not follow them to celebrate what is wrong. What we have in Nigeria is that we are celebrating what is wrong. And I am of the opinion that we should stop celebrating what is wrong and start doing things right so that this country can grow.
“People are hungry and we should join hands together to question our leaders to tell us what is happening in this country and making sure that the right thing are done.
“Our leaders should cut the cost of governance and show more concern to how to improve the standard of living of all Nigerians.
“All of us, from 1960 when we gained independence, if we had done the right thing from then, it is not the question of PDP or APC. We have lived wrongly, we have done the wrong things and that is why the country is not growing.”
“If we don’t do anything now the country will collapse. Nigeria is living on a borrowed money. So, you see things are difficult in Nigeria and we need to change our society so that things will get better,” he added.
Obi, who left office in 2014 after serving two terms as governor of the south-east state, urged youth across the country to show more concern to creativity to enable them realize their dreams and warned them to stop emulating the Nigerian leaders.