Prof. Pat Utomi has lamented alleged absence of cerebral Nigerians adept at crisis management and ensure Nigerians remain a divisive unit.
Utomi opined this in an interview with The Sun where he lamented that Nigeria is on the edge of a precipice and would blow up in every body’s face if care was not taken.
The political economist told the paper: “Everybody is getting it wrong, what the elite need to do is to say: look how can we make our country work? If you don’t have respect for one another you can never get anything work, the mutual respect that leads to organizing things. Unfortunately, we don’t have elders anymore. It used to be that 30, 40 years ago in Nigeria there were a group of people, younger people, but they are kind of, like elders, they will get together in Kaduna, they will call some in Lagos, Ahmed Joda will go to some people’s house and before you know it, between Lawson, the late Sunday Awoniyi, etc with some few people, ideas will come together and they will say, let’s stop this thing here, let that person come, let that person go bearing the whole country in mind, but today we don’t it anymore, we don’t have elders anymore, so because of it everything is just running loose.”