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Nigeria Won’t Survive Another War, Don Tells Buhari

A lecturer from the University of Jos, Prof Bashir Ajala has sent what many saw as a patriotic caution to President Muhammadu Buhari to address expeditiously the steadily rising insecurity in the country, or carry the ignominious cross of being the one who presided over the disintegration of Nigeria.

Ajala spoke in Onitsha, Anambra State at a social event while discussing the “2018 Discussion on the National Question-Nigeria in the 21st Century”.

He observed matter-of-factly that Nigeria would not survive another war. That whichever way anyone looks at it, any other war in Nigeria won’t end quickly.

According to him, the trouble with Nigeria was that the people he chose to call dealers, instead of leaders, had been allowed to hold sway for too long.

That, we had been unlucky to have “dealers” who mortgaged our future over the years.

“We have a chain of satanic and greedy dealers who masquerade as leaders.

“We should raise the level of our patriotism. What we have in this country is despondent mentality. See Nigeria as your own not as their own.

“If I must ask now:  how many of you here have your PVCs? If you can’t vote, how do change a bad leadership or retain a good one?

While recommending two children for each Nigerian parent, Prof Ajala blamed an unchecked galloping population as the bane of the country’s growth and underdevelopment. He therefore called on citizens not to produce children they would not train.

He predicted a future catastrophic consequences for the nation’s society if the present rate of population growth was not checked.

Another speaker at the gathering, Omo Oba Sunmade Akin- Olugbede, who spoke on “National question- Nigeria in the 21st century” said it was aimed at analyzing the problems militating against speedy national growth and development and proffering meaningful solution.

He said that, “This is not a one- off event; rather it is the first in a series of programmes with which we hope to engineer a national rebirth so as to create a better country for the future generation.

In all, the gathering which included Profs, Chike Okolocha, James Ekpoke, Femi Ogunbiyi, endorsed restructuring of Nigeria, true federalism and  constitutional amendments that would address residency than state of origin. “Government should put to immediate stop to payments of salaries and other entitlements to ex- governors and legislators, and to desist from any interference with the judiciary.

“Abolishing the quota system and federal character in all spheres of Nigerian life.

“Government should avoid policy Summersaults and address the issue of internal and external security threats and deal with the current issue of ‘herdsmen’ and other politically related killings .

Rather than seeing the nation’s youth and active age population as lazy, the gathering urged the duty bearers and governments at all levels to address unemployment through government-led industrial revolution programmes.

From Chuks Collins, Awka

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