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Published On: Thu, Jan 1st, 2015

Jonathan incapable of halting Nigeria’s drift to anarchy – Arewa group

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From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

The Arewa Research and Development Project (ARDP), has said the Federal Government under the stewardship of President Goodluck Jonathan is undoubtedly incapable of halting the drift into anarchy in the country.

The group stated this in a press release made available to the media in Kaduna yesterday.

ARDP added that recent happenings in the polity should be frightening to any sensible person and that as concerned stakeholder in the Nigeria project, it is alarmed at the way things are unfolding in the run-up to the 2015 general elections.

“The level of insecurity in the country today has no parallel, if truth be told. ‘Insurgents’ are having a field day, running roughshod on citizens and taking over towns and villages in the northeast with the security operatives looking on hopelessly and the Commander-in-Chief wringing his hands while his lieutenants hurl insults on anyone who dares complain.

“On the other hand, ‘counter-insurgency’ has become a lucrative business. Today we have several local governments under the control of Boko Haram with no discernible effort from the government to wrest control of these local governments from the control of the insurgents.

“While the ‘insurgents’ are having a field day in the northeast and the military are complaining about lack of adequate manpower, the army provided 200 men and material to Ali Modu Sherriff to enable him go to Maiduguri on a visit. The ‘insurgents’ are increasingly emboldened by the nonchalant attitude of the government and the bewilderment of the public by the mysterious support the ‘insurgents’ to be getting from only God knows who.

“It is disturbing how government functionaries are becoming more and more imperious to citizens, beginning in small ways. We are all witnesses to how a governor invaded a court with thugs and proceeded to slap a Judge and nothing was done to him because he is an ally of the president;

“We have seen how seven people out of twenty six “formed” a legislative quorum and impeached a Speaker; we have seen how the Inspector General of Police suddenly assumed the role of the Judiciary by interpreting the constitution;

“We have seen how security operatives who couldn’t repel the incessant attacks on our territories found the courage to attempt to block the Speaker of the House of Representatives and his colleagues from accessing their offices. We are glad to note that the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) has disassociated itself from this show of shame.

“The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) has lost the confidence of Nigerians because of its perceived complicity with the government and the ruling party in subverting the will of the people.

“We are also not unmindful that the unprecedented level of corruption may not be unconnected with the system failures we are experiencing as a nation. This may not be unconnected with the promotion of nepotism as government policy. Appointments and promotion in the civil service is based on cronyism, which promotes ineptitude above merit and competence in an effort to continue the theft of government commonweal.” The statement reads.

ARDP called on all Nigerians to make sure that they have collected their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) from the commission which will enable them to vote and make the protection of these votes a priority by whatever means possible.


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