Dr. Doyin Okupe has called for inauguration of a platform for national dialogue to resolve the ongoing insecurity and agitations in the country.
He expressed fear that the 2023 general elections might not see the light of day if these issues were not resolved quickly.
In a statement made available to Daily Independent on Sunday, the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) chieftain identified increase and widespread of insecurity, growing agitations of self-rule and intra ethnic hatred as reasons for his fear.
According to him, “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 preeminence over all other national concerns.”
Dr. Okupe, therefore, called on governments, politicians, traditional rulers and other stakeholders to give the current challenges quick attention for the sustenance of the nation.
“A roundtable dialogue of ethnic nationalities under the auspices of the Federal Government must be seen as a critical national imperative now.
“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 frontline 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 instantly. 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.
“Government must resist the temptation to dismiss agitators for self-rule as troublemakers 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.”