Gov Darius Ishaku of Taraba on Tuesday said Nigeria did not achieve the desired development at 59 years of of it existence as an independent nation.
Ishaku disclosed this at a media briefing to mark the independence celebration.
“Yes we are 59 years old, but I don’t think we are 59 years matured, it is both sweet and ugly.
“It is sweet because we have Independence, but ugly because we have not been able to utilize the 59 years to take the country to an enviable position.
“It’s a shame that Nigeria as the giant of Africa is still lagging behind.
“I visited in Rwanda and I was amazed at their development in the healthcare sector alone.
“Here we are being called the giant of Africa, but are just a sitting giant.
“A lot still need to be done, we need to change our thinking, work hard in education, health and power among others.
“If we can improve on Power alone, the multiplying effects will be tremendous
because, power drives the economic and social life of a country,” he said.
Ishaku, who won his re-election case at the governorship tribunal in Abuja recently returned to Taraba on Monday where he was received by his supporters.
While thanking the people of Taraba for voting for him in their large numbers, Ishaku commended the judiciary for their upright judgement in the case against him by Prof Sani Yahaya of the All Progressives Congress