From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
Arewa Research & Development Project (ARDP),has said Nigeria is on the brinks and the federal government under the stewardship of President Goodluck Jonathan is undoubtedly incapable of halting the drift into anarchy but seems to be assisting in pushing the country in the direction it is going.
The group stated this in a press statement, signed by the Secretary of the group, Professor Abdullahi Ashafa and made available to the media in Kaduna yesterday.
According to the group, recent happenings in the polity should be frightening to any sensible person and the ARDP, as a concerned stakeholder in the Nigeria project 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 discernable effort from the government to retake control of these local governments from the insurgents. This leads to the creation of refugees in and out of the country, running into millions.
“The challenges are unprecedented, so also the incompetence and complicity of our leaders. The federal government, under Jonathan, has not only failed the country but has itself become the greatest danger to the country at this critical moment in our life as a country.
“The ARDP is greatly concerned that our inept leadership appears to be oblivious of these dangers and may unwittingly throw the country into greater crisis, God forbid.
The ARDP therefore, urged Nigerians, especially the people of the north to be on their guide at this time when the president is bent on dragging the nation into anarchy and protect themselves”, the statement concluded.