Members of some civil society organisations in Nigeria have declared their intention to challenge the systems and structures that favour only the rich in the country.

The Executive Director of the African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development, Dr. Otive Igbuzor, at a forum in Abuja on Thursday urged the Federal Government to address issues of poor leadership, bad followership and lack of focus on sectors that will improve the living conditions of Nigerians in order to reduce the increasing poverty in the country.

Dr. Igbuzor appealed to development partners to contribute to overcoming the challenges of development in Nigeria and accelerate the process by supporting programmes that will impact positively on the lives of ordinary Nigerians.

He added that corruption, irresponsible and parasitic private sector aided by a weak civil society and an emasculated labour and student movement, have undermined the development of Nigeria.

Also speaking at the occasion, the Country Manager of Christian Aid Nigeria, the organisers of the event, Ms. Jane East said efforts are being made to build a movement of like-minded people to challenge and change the current systems and structures that favour the rich and powerful over the poor and marginalised members of the society.