Bukhari lacks leadership skills, but, unfortunately, lost – Onovo
Chief Martin Onovo, the 2015 National Conscience Party (PNK) presidential candidate, is currently the leader of the Movement for Fundamental Change (DP). He spoke with EJIKEME OMENAZU about the country’s state of insecurity, among other important issues: Excerpts:
In light of the recent massacre of rice farmers in the Zabamari community in Borno state, and other similar events across the country, how do you assess the country’s insecure situation?
We see this as the clearly anticipated disastrous failure of the government of Muhammadu Bukhari. We’ve been expecting this since 2015. In 2017, we stated in a publication that “APCs are the greatest threat to national security and unity.” APC head Festus Odimegwu also said in February that “Bukhari is an absolute disaster, a complete failure and a security threat to Nigeria.” Hence the facts are clear. Only the incompetent and hypocrites are surprised at the current state of insecurity. Authority and responsibility go hand in hand. Bukhari is the commander-in-chief. He appointed and directed the leaders of the armed forces.
He is primarily responsible for security in Nigeria and must take full responsibility for the lack of security in the country. You can simply compare Bukhari to the President of Chad, Idris Derby. President Derby led his troops to destroy Boko Haram and clear the Lake Chad area of Boko Haram terrorists. Then President Derby called on Nigeria to occupy the cleared territory, and Nigeria, as usual, failed. In two weeks, the Chadian army achieved results that the much larger and richer Nigerian army under Bukhari’s command cannot achieve in six years. When he pledged in 2014 to expel Boko Haram from Nigeria if elected in 2015, some corrupt mediocre people saw it as a political speech, but Chadian President Idris Derby proved us right.
Today the Nigerian army is a shame for General Bukhari as commander in chief. The Forum of Northern Elders advised Bukhari to resign. We insist that Bukhari leave.
The Senate has called for the dismissal of service leaders, and the House of Representatives has asked the president to inform them of the unsafe situation. At the same time, elders in the north called on President Bukhari to step down for failing to address insecurity in the north. What is your opinion on all this?
We agree with the Northern Elders Forum. We disagree with the slavish position of the Senate that it deliberately avoids the real problem, namely Bukhari’s failure as commander in chief. The position of the House of Representatives is far superior to that of the Senate, but we have passed this stage. It is too late at this stage to address the Assembly about insecurity. We must take immediate action to ensure the safety and well-being of our people. Authority and responsibility go hand in hand. Good leaders don’t blame others; they take responsibility. Bukhari lacks leadership and, unfortunately, has failed. He must apologize and resign immediately. The longer he remains commander-in-chief, the worse the danger will be.
How do you see the recent transition of Ebony State Governor David Umaha and Chairman of the Southeast Governors Forum from the NDP to the ruling agro-industrial complex?
I am not a member of the ruling party or the departed NDP. He has the legal right to belong to any political party of his choice, but this move seems very selfish and unpopular among ebony. He is alone.
What would you distinguish from the reasons for his departure from the Governor of Umaha?
The reason clearly seems to be false, selfish and unfounded. To argue that the ruling party treated the population of the Southeast better is clearly false and offensive to the people of the region.
Do you think the APC will allow the presidential ticket to go southeast?
I am not a member of the ruling party. Besides, I think that it is too early to talk about elections. In addition, it is counterproductive for Nigerians to move from elections to elections. According to the constitution, “the safety and well-being of the people should be the primary goal of the government.” We must now focus on good governance. An election is simply a choice of the political leadership. We need to focus on the safety and well-being of people. Zoning is an established political culture in Nigeria. Zoning is practiced in all departments, in all areas of local government, in all states and at the national level. By zoning – turn to the southeast. Federal character is also required by the constitution of Nigeria. Judging by the federal character, it is the turn of the South-East.
Based on democratic representation, it is the turn of the South East. Based on democracy, it is the South East’s turn, which most Nigerians agree with. In all fairness, it is the turn of the South-East. To think otherwise is not patriotic and unfair. If the presidency does not shift to the South East in 2023, there will be very serious national consequences.
How do you see the federal government’s recent threat to control social media and the ongoing threat of sanctions against CNN?
Young people may not know this, but we know Bukhari from his decrees 2 and 4 of 1984. As a dictator of the Stone Age, Bukhari never tolerated people with independent thinking. He does not respect constitutional rights. He cannot control social media and does not have the moral authority to sanction CNN. Plus, if he dares, the consequences can overwhelm him.
Some Nigerians believe the #EndSARS protest was a vote of no confidence from both the APC and the PDP. Do you think so, sir?
Clear! Most Nigerians rejected both sides, and the #EndSARS protesters made it clear. We pray that he will receive strategic support.
How do you think young people can benefit from the #EndSARS protest in the 2023 general election?
Just. Browse the #EndSARS network and protests, then refine its agenda and reach out to other patriots across the country to make sure the majority is on our side.
Are you impressed with how the National Assembly handled the 2021 budget?
The National Assembly, led by established puppets and acting as a rubber stamp, will not impress any patriot. This is the worst leadership of the National Assembly since independence.
Do you think Professor Mahmoud Yakubu, based on his work, deserved his reappointment for a second term as President of INEC?
Professor Mahmoud Yakubu’s INEC is the greatest enemy of democracy in Nigeria. His reaffirmation, in complete disregard for his unfair activities and the charge of 3 billion euros in bribing senators, is consistent with the illegality and impunity of this government. Professor Mahmoud Yakubu was rewarded for the unfair game he played in 2019. With every step this government takes, those of us who insist that this is the worst government in Nigeria are right. The results also show that we are right.
How do you think Nigeria can get out of the current economic downturn?
Technically, the current economic situation in Nigeria is not just an economic downturn. This is worse. What we have in Nigeria now is an economic depression because, in addition to the conditions for a recession, we have complications such as rising poverty, rising public debt, rising hyperinflation and rising unemployment. We shouldn’t be in this recession. The only reason we are in this recession is because the Bukhari government is incompetent and corrupt. To get out of this recession in a simple and practical way, the government must first apologize to its citizens for all its unpatriotic actions and reverse its antipatriotic policies, and then act effectively and sustainably to increase productivity in all areas. sectors, in particular the oil and gas sector, the agricultural sector and the manufacturing sector. We also need to diversify the economy. These are the routine duties of the government, which must constantly lead, but the irresponsibility, mediocrity, incompetence and corruption that this government propagates is completely contrary to any production activity, and therefore we see a worsening economic situation for everyone. macroeconomic indicators. It is very fair to say that this government is appallingly destructive. He destroyed public morality with his deceitful propaganda and senseless deception. He destroyed justice by his failure to comply with court orders, lawlessness and impunity. He destroyed the world with his violation of rights and massacres of citizens. Moreover, he destroyed national unity with its sectionalism and schism. He destroyed democracy with its Stone Age dictatorship. He destroyed national cohesion and synergy by excluding the majority. He destroyed national security with his mediocrity and crude nepotism. He destroyed the economy with his incompetence and corruption. This Bukhari government destroyed Nigeria
Source: – Independent ng