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Democracy Day: Change taking place but there is a long way to go, says Utomi

Professor Pat Utomi . Photo: Channels TV

A former Presidential aspirant, Pat Utomi, has faulted the pace and progress made by the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration in improving the fortunes of Nigeria.

Utomi, a professor of political economy and management expert picked faults in the level of change in the country on Tuesday at the Channels Forum.

The Forum is an initiative of Channels Television aimed at discussing and proffering solutions to the many challenges facing the nation.

“There is change that is taking place but there is a long way to go,” he said.

President Buhari came to power in 2015 promising change; to kill corruption, end insecurity and boosting the country’s economy.

But three years into his Administration, there is a debate about his performance. While some have stuck with the Administration, which insists it has outperformed previous Administrations of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), others believe not much progress or change has been made.

Although Utomi is unsatisfied with the pace of the change promised by President Buhari, he understands that change does not happen overnight.

Asked about the nation’s democracy, Utomi said, “There is no question in my mind that democracy is work in progress. Change is something that is continuous. But has changed happened at the pace I would prefer? No.

“Some things are changing. Our agenda, at least, has shifted. Perhaps, if I was running things, I will approach it differently. But the fact that we are focused on corruption is a major move. There was a time when it was taken for granted that it was part of us. Corruption was part of us.”