The Director-Normal of Voice of Nigeria (VON) Mr. Osita Okechukwu, on Sunday, appealed to former President, Olusegun Obasanjo to keep away from setting Nigeria on fireplace.
This comes amidst controversies generated by Obasanjo’s current open assertion on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led authorities.
The previous President had mentioned Nigeria was quick turning into a failed state below Buhari.
He additionally kicked in opposition to the deliberate modification of Nigeria’s structure by the Nationwide Meeting. He spoke in assist of some regional teams within the nation.
The Nationwide Meeting has already known as for memoranda from Nigerians as the method will get underway.
Nevertheless, DAILY POST stories that Obasanjos’s stand has not gone down properly with the Buhari-led authorities and his celebration, the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The APC informed Obasanjo that he lacked the ethical proper to talk, having contributed to the nation’s woes.
The presidency on its half, launched a counter-attack on the previous President, accusing him of dividing the nation.
Reacting, Okechukwu, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), mentioned individuals of Obasanjo’s standing shouldn’t gas anger within the nation, however ought to make a contribution and commitments in direction of nation constructing.
He mentioned “Nigeria wants credible inputs now, and never fueling angst by those that by fee, or omission, planted the reprehensible seeds which might be manifesting right now within the nation.”
The inspiration member of APC said this whereas addressing journalists in Enugu on Sunday over Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s assertion titled, “Shifting Nigeria away from Tipping Over.”
He appealed to the elder statesman and different patriots to hitch President Buhari in constructing pragmatic-consensus options by adhering to the crucial of ‘Utopian Options Distancing.’
Okechukwu cautioned in opposition to taking any motion that was outdoors the provisions of the nation’s structure.
He additionally insisted that opposite to Obasanjo’s place, President Buhari was making real and visual efforts to remodel the nation.
He declared that, “True, issues are arduous, little doubt. I wholeheartedly agree with our elder statesman, Chief Obasanjo that issues are powerful for us Nigerians, and floor is just not degree. However the fact is that the President Buhari I do know is just not completely happy in regards to the insecurity within the land or completely happy that Nigeria scored the notorious place of World Poverty Capital.
“His effort might not be the perfect. Nevertheless, he’s working around the clock on how finest to elevate 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years, therefore the unprecedented Buhari’s Agrarian Revolution, considered one of his pragmatic-consensus resolution, fixing of bodily infrastructure and his effort launch monies accruing to native councils and state judiciary nationwide instantly.”
On what he means by Utopian Options Distancing, Mr Okechukwu quipped, “I sincerely imply that we’re in liberal democracy and as such one appeals to eminent patriots like our revered Chief Obasanjo and the management of Afenifere, Center Belt Discussion board, Northern Elders’ Discussion board, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Pan Niger Delta Discussion board and their clan to as a matter pressing nationwide significance adhere strictly to the crucial of Utopian Options Distancing and domesticate destiny in our fledgling democracy.”
He believes that that the stand being taken by the previous President might solely be realizable in an Utopian world.
The VON-DG, whereas backing the method of the Nationwide Meeting’s modification of the structure quipped: “One, is it not utopian to make legal guidelines in Nigeria right now in isolation of the extant provisions of the 1999 Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria?
“Methinks the structure is the bottom norm, is supreme and its provisions shall have binding pressure on all authorities and individuals all through the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Our constitutional democracy has provisions for periodic elections and subversion of this maxim might set Nigeria on fireplace.”
Okechukwu puzzled how the nation will avert the tipping over, when Chief Obasanjo, as a substitute of prodding, persuading and lobbying the Nationwide Meeting to do the needful, was hailing the Northern Elders’ Discussion board and Yoruba Summit Group for disparaging the identical Nationwide Meeting’s push in direction of amending the structure.
“We elected the Nationwide Meeting and should always persuade and foyer them to do our biddings. Alternatively, we vote them out within the subsequent election,” he mentioned.