By Jude Atupulazi
The Vice Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the last election, Mr. Peter Obi, has bemoaned the current situation in the country, describing the ravaging nationwide insecurity as a stepping stone to anarchy. Obi said this last Monday in a press release made available to the press.
Describing the situation in the country as the practical manifestation of cumulative years of leadership failure, Obi said it was actually what he had hoped the country and her leaders would have averted by his continued reference to an abused society rising up in future by way of revenge without realizing the future was now.
After critical analysis of the trajectory the country had been moving since Independence, Obi isolated persistent corruption and total absence of merit as the major problems affecting Nigeria.
‘Since Independence, corruption has remained the leitmotif of leadership failure in Nigeria. Painfully, at a time Nigeria ought to have moved on with other countries, we are still fixated on power supply, functional healthcare delivery and other basic things that ought not to be bothering us today. We are also saddled with the case of gross imbalance in national appointments as if others are mere spectators in Nigeria. Added to this is lack of future for our children,’ he said, while calling on Nigerians to show genuine interest in the election of a leader with the will and the capacity to lead the country.
Obi who said that what would happen in the country in few months’ time would depend on statecraft, advised the president to immediately begin the process of healing among Nigerians by talking to them and by taking courageous actions aimed at reassuring all the regions that they were still part of the country.
In Obi’s words: ‘Mr. President can do this convincingly by immediately seeking real balance in his appointments and by taking immediate actions against those that have become notorious in killing and maiming follow Nigerians.’
Obi called on different warring factions to lay down their arms and give peace a chance, noting that Nigeria belonged to all.