African Union Congress (AUC), a pan-Africanist movement for citizen’s emancipation has expressed worry over Nigeria’s low ranking of 156 out of 187 countries in the United Nations (UN) 2011 Human Development Index (HDI).
The group also called for an improved political, economic and social justice system.
Leader of the Movement Prince Chukwuemeka Solomon Nwokoro, stated this at the weekend in Abuja, while briefing the media during its 2022 seminar/conference.
Represented by the North Central Coordinator Mr. John Amana, Nwokoro blamed the nation’s situation on the indiscipline and lack of accountability by both past and present leaders, stating that Nigeria is one of the poorest countries in the world going by the UN ranking.
He lamented the high unemployment rate reported at 21.1% in 2010 rising to 23.9% in 2011 amidst the abundanthuman capital fertile land, human resources and large market that give Nigeria the potential to be Africa’s powerhouse economy, he however regretted that the reverse is the case.
“Nigeria’s current predicament of being a poor and underdeveloped state is attributed to the nature and practice of politics and government especially since independence.
“An estimated 60% of the Population is living below the poverty line that is, less than US $2 a day a country whose Naira was stronger than the US dollar and British pound sterling. Nigeria ranks 156 of 187 countries in the UN 2021 human development index making it one of the poorest countries in the world,” he said.
“Nigeria is now a country of based on the concept of ‘survival of the fittest ‘ associated with evil, where the big fish swallow the smaller fish, causing unnecessary hardship and destroying homes and communities.
“This is the cause of kidnapping, armed robbery, bribery, political thuggery and injustice, with youths resorting to kidnapping and armed robbery while the women and girls take to prostitution. These acts are destroying our societies, “he lamented.
The Leader however urged citizens not to be discouraged but be the change they wish to see in the world, assuring that the AUC Movement is committed in the fight against oppression, injustice, indiscipline and corruption to enable a better future for all.
The AUC is working to achieve affordable food, water, clothing, housing, free medical care, security, free education, access to uninterrupted electricity supply by utilizing different energy sources including wind, solar, nuclear, and geothermal sources, introduction of a child protection act, social-political and economic stability, and justice for all irrespective of ethnicity or status,” he said.
Earlier, the South East Zonal Coordinator Mr. Leonard in his paper presentation titled “war against indiscipline” noted that there are a lot of good policies that if implemented would move the nation to a greater level.
He said that the AUC Movement is committed to supporting any government on board to achieve its policies especially as regards developmental issues so as to make more Nigerians self-reliant and independent.