Anambra Guber: Okeke warns against political violence, seeks stringent measures
Chief Walter Ubaka Okeke, the Managing Director/CEO of Alphameric International Limited, Richwood, and Richland International has warned that Nigeria is beset by the cankerworm of political and electoral violence.
The, noted Chief Okeke, to all intents and purposes retards democratic consolidation, brings disenchantment and disillusionment in the entire polity.
He has, therefore, called on the Federal and State Governments to take stringent measures to forestall the ugly incident towards the build up of November 6th Anambra Gubernatorial Election.
Chief Okeke spoke on the backdrop of the violence which erupted during the by-election held in Abia State.
He expressed fear that the realities that spelt doom for the past republics are still endemic and prevalent in Nigeria today.
He further opined that poverty, unemployment, hunger, corruption, politically motivated killings, abductions, religious bigotry are conspicuous in Nigeria’s political firmament.
The renowned oil and gas consultant proferred the need to obliterate and reduce political violence to the barest minimum.
To achieve that, according to Okeke, pragmatic and proactive effort must be made by those in positions of authority to reduce poverty.
In such way, the people would not be pawns in the hands of politicians in orchestrating political violence.
He further advised that youth employment should be vigorously embarked upon and objectively implemented without prejudice to give the vast majority of Nigerian youths the opportunity to be gainfully engaged in productive ventures.
He urged political parties to play politics according to the rules of the game by Promoting internal democracy, refraining from politics of desperation which oscillate the polity and swing it to the precipice of violence.
Okeke called on politicians to eschew the use of ethnicity and religion to galvanize support and polarize the populace through politics of religious deception and ethnic chauvinism which have stirred up sentiments and sparked communal violence perennially in Nigeria.
He also reaffirmed the urgent need for Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) and relevant agencies such as the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to embark on vigorous education and value-orientation and re-orientation aimed at repositioning democratic institutions in Nigeria.
The Managing Director of Alphameric International called on the government and judicial authorities to carry out the prosecutions of persons implicated in political violence whatever their political affiliations.
He maintained that those to be prosecuted should include persons who ordered or organized the violence as well as those who carried it out.
By Amb. Timothy Nwachukwu