[09:28, 1/26/2018] Moderator: Hello good morning ladies and gentlemen of our great platform, it’s a beautiful morning and a wonderful day, as 2019 is fast approaching lots of politicking are ongoing and like we always advice on this platform, we should be greatly involved in the political affairs it will be no longer business as usual.
On behave of the moderator Mr. Mark Dave, I want to appreciate your inputs and vast knowledge on yesterday’s analysis and also stress that, the only way to change a sitting government is by exercising your franchise, it is not by manipulation, bullets or bombs, it was quite an interesting topic ushered on the platform by the moderator.
Former President Obasanjo is one man that can’t be ignored in the Nigerian politics, he may not be clean or perfect as an individual but as a former military head of state and a two time Democratic President, he knows this sovereign entity more than some of us, so I feel that the points or rather issues raised in his Letter to PMB should be looked into seriously.
The 1999 constitution section 14 subsection 2(b) says security and welfare of citizens shall be the primary purpose of the government, but it does appear those in authority are playing politics with the lives of Nigerians, and we must put a stop to that if we really want to make a difference in this country it is not by AK47 but by dialogue.
Late Dr. Chuba Okadigbo said,
“If you are emotionally attached to your tribe, religion or political leaning to the point that truth and justice become secondary consideration, your education is useless. Your exposure is useless if you cannot reason beyond petty sentiment, you are a liability to mankind “.
I made the point because our politics in this country is so much attached with primordial instincts that we prefer shying away from the truth because of tribalism, nepotism and favoritism just to please those in authority, we have been doing that over the years and remained where we are today. It is only a foolish man that keeps doing one thing and be expecting a different result, it is time to take a new dimension in our polity.
Former president Obasanjo spoke the minds of many Nigerians but we must do it ourselves collectively this time, he gave us Yar’Adua in 2007, former President Good luck in 2011, later wrote to him and he imposed PMB on us, he wrote to Buhari urging him not to contest and he is telling us about coalition for Nigeria movement, it is a welcomed development, it will be a good coalition withoutand but we want to tell BABA to allow the youths champion this coalition.
It will be no longer business as usual, please let us think Nigeria first, and save this country from the hands of the evil ones, we can’t keep preaching one Nigeria with our mouth go and get your PVCs if you haven’t done that, the Holy Book says when the righteous are in power, the people rejoice, we are tired of old men deceiving us in this country, our people are dying everyday across the country, there are silent killings going on by herdsmen, insurgency takes root in the North East, militancy in the Niger Delta, where are we going to?
In the aftermath of the Apartheid in South Africa, people predicted bloodshed and chaos, those predictions did not come to pass cheaply because if one man who stood to fight for all South Africans white or black, we need this same thing to happen here, we need a youth or a leader who will stand and fight for everyone regardless of his or her religion, tribe and region.
We must do this collectively because we share things in common at the receiving end, poverty does not discriminate between South and North, armed robbers don’t obey Federal character principle, when Book Haram came they did not discriminate between Muslims and Christians, we must stand and put an end to this, it is difficult to preach unity if you are not offering faith, and before there will be peace you must bring progress to the people and that is the Nigerian motto, “Unity and faith, peace and progress”.
NOW IS THE MOMENT.