Why 2015 polls can’t usher in desired
Speaking at a forum entitled ‘Discussion on the State of Lagos’, which was organised by the Free Lagos Group yesterday, Braithwaite said the potentials of Nigeria would not be achieved just by wrestling power from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Expressing faith that God will intervene in the election, he said: “From above the sky, God Himself is going to re-arrange and restructure Nigeria. Neither the PDP nor the All Progressives Congress (APC) has good fate about the future of Nigeria.
We cannot watch while a cabal sits over the wealth of the country and the rest wallow in poverty.”
We cannot continue the way we run the affairs of this country that makes it possible for rogues to ride roughshod over us.
I still pray and work for a revolution, and unless there is one, the nation’s full potentials will never be realized.
Braithwaite averred that for any meaningful change to take place in Nigeria, the country must first be restructured. “We cannot continue the way we run the affairs of this country that makes it possible for rogues to ride roughshod over us. I still pray and work for a revolution, and unless there is one, the nation’s full potentials will never be realized,” he said.
Braithwaite queried the ideology of the APC, pointing out that it would not work since its major objective is only to win the PDP.
He said: “Wrestling power from the PDP is not the issue. The colossal re-shuffling of a few, their own and cronies is a major problem.”
The elder statesman lamented what he described as weakness of the nation’s judiciary, noting that only a constitution by the people could change things in Nigeria. “The national conference convened by President Goodluck Jonathan was aimed at creating a peoples constitution and for Nigerians to decide how they wanted to be governed. “None of the past leaders had been honest about restructuring the country in a way that will prevent rogues from power. The 1999 Constitution guarantees immunity to steal, kill and the arm of the law cannot touch them,” he said.
Braithwaite alleged that most Nigerian leaders, especially members of the National Assembly, would not want the constitution to be amended.
“The constitution is the grand norm and it is critical for Nigeria to get it right. When there are laws that favour corruption, there is no hope for such country. In fairness to Jonathan, he was a humble man who went ahead to convoke the national conference.
“The President said he would consider sending the outcome of the conference to Nigerians by way of a referendum. My worry is why the President neglected to ask Nigerians to look at the recommendations of the conference and send it for a referendum before the elections? We knew the National Assembly will not support the product of the conference because the constitution is not good for the leaders riding roughshod over the people.”
On the rebuilding of Lagos, the elder statesman urged the people of the state to decide on what to do. He said “the solution is for us to take our destiny in our hands.”
Braithwaite, who noted that the state has always been divided along the lines of good versus bad, said it was sad that the resources of the state were usurped by a few. “Something is going to happen in Lagos at this election, if the state is allowed to keep what it makes. For instance, the state would be better than many countries including London.”
In his address, Prince Demola Adeniji -Adele, a former Commissioner for Sports in the state and convener of the group said it was formed when he realised that one man was enslaving the state. “Our aim is to maintain the free spirit of Lagos that has made the state strive.”