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Sanusi blames violence in Jos, others on poverty, ignorance

By on March 21, 2011

GOVERNOR of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, said on Saturday, that most of the violence that occurred in Jos, Bauchi, Borno and the Niger Delta were caused by poverty and ignorance.

Sanusi said this in Jos, after receiving an honourary Doctorate Degree in Law (LLD) at the institution’s convocation ceremony.

He pointed out that the multiple crises in some parts of the country were expressions of protest by the ordinary people.

“A lot of the crises that have been going on in the country have nothing to do with religion.

“They were caused by the high level of unemployment and poor policy implementation by governments at all levels,’’ he said.

The CBN governor called on the Federal and state governments to introduce policies that would improve the living conditions of the people.

Sanusi advised university lecturers and civil  society organisations to proffer solutions to the prevailing situation in the country.

“Many Nigerians have lost hope because of the high level of unemployment, hunger, disease and starvation,” he noted.

Also speaking, Mr. Leo Stan Ekeh, another recipient of honorary Doctorate Degree in Science (DSS), urged the government to invest more funds in the education sector.

Eke, Executive Chairman of Zinox Nigeria Limited, said that no amount of money is too much for the education sector.

He then advised the graduands to create jobs instead of waiting for the government’s white-collar jobs that were hard to come by.

Source : Guardian