Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State is of the view that the oil wealth accruing to the country constitutes a major obstacle to Nigeria’s ability to think and innovate its way out of underdevelopment.
El-Rufa’i spoke in Ibadan at the 2017 Town Hall Meeting and Founder’s Day Celebration in memory of renowned economist, Professor Ojetunji Aboyade.
He says, he wishes the oil wells and the ‘free money’ there, dry up so that the government and the people can get serious about making the country realize its full potentials.
The governor who was the special guest of honour at the event said, because Nigeria gets easy money from oil, the nation has lost its thinking initiative on how to develop other sources of revenue and diversify the economy.
El-Rufa’i also made a fresh case for state policing, and warned against allowing the federal character policy become an enemy of merit in appointments.