Nigeria’s ambassador to the Benin Republic, Tukur Buratai, says poor governance, corruption and insecurity, particularly widespread violence under President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime undermine the country’s development.
The ex-chief of army staff stated this at the groundbreaking and fundraiser for Tukur Buratai Research Centre (TBRC) at Gora in Nasarawa.
Mr Buratai said the TBRC would collaborate with the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, in strategic studies, peace and conflict studies, and leadership for development.
“Corruption, insecurity due to terrorism and banditry, inadequate infrastructure, issues in governance, and an inept educational system are all systemic flaws,” Mr Buratai pointed out. “With every amount of commitment made to research and training, as well as a strong national orientation, one may be confident that we, as a people and a nation, are on the right track.’’
“One may want to know why a retired general cum diplomat will decide to collaborate with a university to set up a think tank like TBRC,” said Mr Buratai. “Since this is a straight question, I will respond with an answer that is precise and straight to the point. My simple philosophy about life is to continue to live a life of value by improving on the system that we have.”
He reasoned further, “As someone from the military, I reckoned the best way for me and my associates to add value to our society and make our country better and stronger is through a think-tank like TBRC.’’
Mr Buratai also stated that Nigeria had the potential for greatness, but there were insufficient capabilities to transfer that potential into socio-economic benefits for the people.
According to him, inadequate research and development implementation in Nigeria create a massive void in the nation’s progress.
“When properly focused research and training institutes are established, innovation and development become a natural progressive activity that benefits the nation’s life,” the ambassador added. “I would like to utilise this TBRC platform to emphasise that now is the moment for us to turn within and devise home-grown solutions to our unique difficulties”