Okupe harps on unity, security ahead of 2023

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A former presidential spokesman, Dr Doyin Okupe, has cried out to political leaders across party lines to unite in finding solutions to the problems  of insecurity bedeviling the Nation.

Okupe in a personally signed statement in Abuja Sunday, said addressing the problem along with agitations for  self rule and intra ethnic hatred ahead of  2023 general elections , were very necessary.

According to him , 2023 may be a mirage if the three interwoven problems are  not holistically addressed by those in position of authorities .

He specifically charged the leaders across the two major political parties i.e, the All Progressives Congress ( APC ) and the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) , to stop playing the Ostrich as far as the problems are concerned to rescue the Nation from precipice .

The statement titled : 2023 Under Threat”  reads in part : ” 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 which  are: (i)Increasing and widespread national insecurity (ii),  Growing  agitations for self rule and (iii) , 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.

“In particular, the political class through the  two major political parties, the APC and   PDP, must stop playing the Ostrich game and begin to act responsibly by taking the front line position in finding solutions to the  intricate national problems.

“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.

“Government and the good people of this country  must do everything possible  to prevent a decent into anarchy, chaos and socio political instability”.

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