Towards Navigating The Bumpy Road To 2023 - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Monday, April 12, 2021

Towards Navigating The Bumpy Road To 2023

By Doyin Okupe 

There are serious and very visible indications within the polity that 2023 general elections may be a grand political illusion.
Our collective national aspiration for a political process that will lead to schedule elections in 2023  has come under a very serious and compelling threat due to the prevalence of some three major troubling issues within our polity.
These are: increasing and widespread national insecurity, growing popular demands and sustained agitations for self rule and pervasive and palpable intra ethnic Hatred.
The above factors have attained very significant and commanding stature in our polity such that they have now assumed pre eminence  over all other National concerns.
Governments, political leaders, stakeholders, traditional institutions and well meaning nigerians must at this point in time stop everything else and pay due and urgent attention to finding quick solutions to this pressing issues before the consequences of failure to address them consume the entire nation.
The political class through the two major political parties, the APC and the PDP must stop playing the Ostrich game and begin to act responsibly by taking the front line position in finding solutions to intricate national problems.
Political leaders especially those who aspire to the highest office in the land must come to the realisation that any stabilisation of the country will have serious implications on the political process. In severe national crisis or a near war situation the electoral process will be truncated and all political ambitions decapitated instant. So these leaders must of necessity come together and deploy resources towards helping the government evolve sustainable solutions to our present quagmire. In periods of serious political crisis the electorate will be engrossed with securing their lives, their families and properties, and certainly will  not be concerned with  Voting. Therefore under the present tense situation which threatens the corporate existence of the country all political ambitions ought to be on hold and all efforts concentrated on  saving the nation.
I will at this juncture strongly advice the federal government to immediately create  a platform and the enabling environment for dialogue and peaceful deliberations aimed at finding lasting  solutions to these bedeviling  issues which threaten the very foundations of our national co existence. 
Government must resist the temptation to dismiss agitators for self rule as trouble makers or rabble rousers.  The division or schism in our nation runs far deeper than what is observable at the surface. And the deployment of violent forces against our own citizens must be ruled out completely as a management option.
We need at this stage to avoid further deaths, killings and bloodshed. Any action or inaction that can lead to civil war must be cautiously and consciously avoided.
All resources both material and human and available expertise and technology must be deployed to stop BANDITRY and kidnapping.
A national decision based on preference of ranching to open grazing  backed by appropiate legislation must be promulgated and established nationally, immediately. 
Finally a round table dialogue of ethnic nationalities under the auspices of the federal government must be seen as a critical national imperative now.
Government and the good people of this country  must do everything possible  to prevent a decent into anarchy, chaos and socio political instability.

Dr. Doyin Okupe is a Nigerian Physician, politician and former Special Assistant(Media & Publicity) to the then President Olusegun Obasanjo.

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