Nigerians have a lot to worry about, hunger, poverty and insecurity are just some of the problems in the land. Even though there is a Government in place, the problems seems to have overwhelmed those in charge. In this interview with Federationews2day, Igbo leader and Onyendu Ndigbo of Ibadan and Oyo state , High Chief Alloy Okwudili Obi declares that any Government that does not perform should be voted out of power. Excerpts :
What are your views on the state of the nation ?
The present situation in the country is something to make every citizen worry. Government know there are problems with the economy. Things are not going on well in the country in terms of business, in terms of employment and in terms of the safety of lives and property, especially in the North East Geo-political zone.
I am so worried about the rate at which people are been killed on a daily basis. I sympathize with the people of Borno state, even animals are not killed that way. This should be a source of worry for all Nigerians. God should intervene in this situation. Even the security agencies are also losing personnel on a daily basis. I passionately appeal to the insurgents to lay down their arms and tow the line of dialogue. However, as an upright man I don’t believe in negotiating with criminals, but the situation is worrisome.
The Federal Government should decisively address this issue of insecurity, most especially the atrocities been committed by Fulani herdsmen in the country. It is very strange to hear of herdsmen going about with sophisticated rifles. It is strange. Nigerians should return to God, the atrocities are just too much. Evil men and women are everywhere. Government has no option but to address the high unemployment rate. The number of people who are exploring ways of making money through illegitimate means is on the increase, this is very bad, therefore I call on Nigerians to have a rethink.
Are you comfortable with situation of the Nigeria Police Force ?
The Police need funds and more hands. Without money they cannot fight crime effectively. If the Police is well funded then they will be active, but such funds should be used for the purpose it is meant for. In these era of insecurity, recruiting more personnel is necessary. The number of Policemen fighting crime in the country is not enough. So many things are wrong in the country, Government should take urgent steps to address the problems in all sectors, to avoid unpleasant situations. Nigerians can no longer sleep with their two eyes closed. Security agents are not spirits, they cannot be everywhere, corruption led to the present state of things in the country. These days people no longer take the Government serious. Why will they, when the Minister of Finance made two contradictory statements of the borrowing plan of the Government. It is now very difficult to convince the people that all is well. It is high time Government puts its house in order. The 2015 general elections has proved that power of incumbency no longer exists, we are less than two years to the next general elections. Any Government that is not performing should be voted out of power.