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Ex-envoy unfolds blueprint to salvage troubled Nigeria

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By Emmanuel Oloniruha

Amid growing social discontent in Nigeria in recent times, an academic and former diplomat, Dr Nnamdi Onochie, has devised a plan to put Nigeria back on track to achieve peace, prosperity and progress to survive in as an entity.

Onochie told the (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday that the political class must close ranks at this critical time, to chart a roadmap to ensure that Nigeria’s ethnic nationalities continue to stand united.

Citing recent “ ugly ” developments in Africa’s most populous nation, Onochie described the scenario as disturbing, saying the situation could still be saved with a sense of mission and leadership commitment.

The PDP leader, who said he would volunteer to serve Nigeria at the highest level of leadership in 2023, said it would be tragic for men of ideas to watch helplessly as “the situation got out of hand. .

“It has become increasingly evident that the deteriorating social situation in Nigeria is exacerbating tensions in the country and tearing the nation apart.

“For the ordinary citizen, hopelessness and despair summed up their thinking that the situation will not improve in the foreseeable future.

“The ruling political class, especially the ruling political party, seems to live in a cocoon of comfort that stupid the mind.

The indisputable reality is that it is inevitable that we, the political class of the APC, the PDP and other political parties, must face the difficulties in Nigeria head-on, ” said Onochie, a former Nigerian envoy to the Philippines. and in Algeria.

The doctorate holder argued that saving Nigeria should be the immediate concern of politicians, rather than “helplessly watching and fiddling as Nigeria burns down”.

He condemned the dog-eating dog scenario and the apparent lack of patriotism in the country, which he said has resulted in social hardship, including the slaughter of Nigerians by fellow Nigerians.

Onochie said it had become unimaginable that some lost Nigerians would take up arms against their compatriots, dealing heavy blows on their country, while posing as jihadists, bandits, activists, shepherds, etc.

“The killing of service men, arson in police stations and court facilities and the release of prisoners are reprehensible acts that have brought Nigeria to a new low. ”

Onochie argued that he had what it took to make Nigeria great again, noting that as someone seeking the highest political office, “the solution is to tackle the key issues that plague Nigeria. head on.

“My solemn pledge to the Nigerian people is that I am fully aware of their electricity problems – low generation, poor transmission and uncoordinated distribution of the product.

“I know the way forward is to pay for the construction of new power plants to secure the electricity supply to our 200 million people teeming with an average of 14,000 megawatts of electricity per year.

According to him, the government must increase the comfort and prosperity of the public, reduce the cost of living and ensure that hard work brings success and prosperity.

“Work and secure income must promote and be the sole factor and the basis of prosperity and economic progress. The government can only guarantee this with the organized private sector.

“The government must also insist and ensure that banks and financial institutions open up consumer finance and credit to assured incomes and stimulate spending and consumer confidence.

He said that to develop national industrial growth, companies and technological innovations should be encouraged and supported by all levels of government.

“The Central Bank of Nigeria, taking inspiration from the government, should pursue consumer prosperity as a means of improving the economic well-being of citizens.

The PDP pillar further argued that social tensions and hostility within the political regime had increased due to the feeling that politicians from dominant parties were unwilling to open up and democratize their party’s internal processes over the presidential position.

“The two dominant political parties, the PDP and the APC, should recognize and recognize that bad, consistent or ‘standing candidates’ and candidates within parties portend continued corruption.

“Political parties must follow the path of the rule of law, inclusion, justice, equity and egalitarianism, while avoiding the win-win syndrome and the concentration of political power in an ethnic zone or region.

“As a member of the PDP keen to serve Nigeria at the presidential level, I urge all political parties, especially the PDP and APC, to demarcate the presidential position to the south.

“In doing so, there will be a real sense of inclusion and participation in every area of ​​Nigeria.

“The first occupants of the highest political position must admit that instability and tension arise when other areas are denied the presidential office.

“Nigeria is best served by zoning,” Onochie said. (NOPE)

(NAN)

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