The Nigerian state is heading for chaos, owing to the shoddy handling of the forthcoming general elections by the Peoples Democratic Party-led Federal Government.
A national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former minister, Chief Audu Ogbeh, stated this in a press statement he released in Abuja Tuesday.
Noting that there were visible signs in the polity, Ogbeh called on Nigerians to reflect on the security issues raised by the military over the polls, saying there were more troubling reasons other than security.
The statement said: “Now, having said that, there is a need to reflect on the factors which influenced the change of dates. Suddenly, the National Security Adviser (NSA) made a statement in London, not in Nigeria.
“And immediately, the government of the day picked it up and decided that it should become a topic for discussion for the Council of State meeting. There is a saying that if the owl cries in the night and the baby dies in the morning, there is no need for an inquest.
“To follow it up, the Nigerian Security hierarchy which on February 2, 2015, assured Nigerians that they were ready for the elections turned around to say they were no longer able to guarantee security.
“What is more dangerous is a paragraph in their letter to the INEC which is reported to say that they are seeking six weeks extension in the first place.
“Does this not suggest that we should expect high level theatric manipulation as the six weeks get closer to convince us that another six weeks will be necessary? Isn’t this a ploy to ensure we enter May 29 without an election on grounds of nationwide instability?
“Doesn’t this give credence to the rumours, and indeed, the declaration in a rowdy press conference four days ago by Dr. Doyin Okupe that they have no intention of handing over to Gen. Buhari? Isn’t this leading to the strongly rumoured Interim National Government? It is time for all Nigerians to take heed that there are very stormy and dark clouds ahead?”
The APC chieftain stated further that the country has been reduced to children’s playground where individuals and groups presume that they can on their own do as they please with the lives and opinions of Nigerians.
He also decried what he described as the Federal Government’s total disregard for the Constitution and lack of respect for the over 170 million Nigerians.
“Anyone who holds this office (President) now thinks that on departure, he can name any prefect to replace him. And we the cowardly and pliant citizenry continue to grumble in our bedrooms, always looking for someone else to solve our problems.
“Today, Nigeria is the world’s laughing stock, losing our sovereignty to foreign troops, ravaged by incurable corruption, helpless in the face of an internal insurrection and unable to conduct even an election. And now, chaos is being cooked as the menu to be served Nigerians in 2015”, he stated.