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FG officials benefit from insecurity, presidential candidate alleges

By Bridget Chiedu Onochie, Abuja
27 August 2022   |   4:02 am
Presidential flagbearer of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) for the 2023 general elections, Adewole Adebayo, has said that insecurity has lingered for so long in Nigeria because people in government circles benefit from it.

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Presidential flagbearer of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) for the 2023 general elections, Adewole Adebayo, has said that insecurity has lingered for so long in Nigeria because people in government circles benefit from it.

Adebayo told The Guardian, yesterday, in Abuja, that the clique allow the menace to spread in order to sustain their flow of income from it.

“There is a caucus inside the Federal Government that believes that insecurity is an opportunity to spend money, and that if it expands, they will spend more money and collect allowances,” he stated.

The presidential hopeful promised to deal with all manners of insecurity, demand for restructuring and all other forms of agitations, if voted into office.

Noting that although there are pockets of insecurity around the world, he described that of Nigeria as annoying, embarrassing and very dangerous.

According to him, the difference between Nigeria and other nations is the inability of the Federal Government to take drastic measures against offenders to serve as deterrent.

On what he has to offer Nigerians, if elected into office, Adebayo stated that he would do less politics and a lot of development.

He regretted that Nigeria drifted grossly as a result of wrong people being voted into political offices. He, therefore, promised to identify with the people and use available resources to work for the country’s growth.

Nigerians are warm people, blessed with favourable weather conditions but lacked good leadership, he asserted.

“Many people do not know the purpose of government not because they are bad but because they were not trained in that direction. That is the reason the citizens have not enjoyed good governance. Government is about rendering common services and how to achieve collective goals. So, we want to change the conversation.

“If conversation changes, mindset will change, and if we change the mindset of the people, the mindset of the politicians will change.”

The problem I see in our politics is that the media, the critics and everyone is trying to change the mind of the politicians, but politicians don’t change their minds because they try to follow and influence the minds of the people. Where the people’s minds are, that is where they pretend to be.”

Adebayo promised to focus on issue-based campaign when time comes.

“I will stop everything that is done wrongly. A good presidential candidate must declare his assets publicly. I am waiting for time to clear and if nobody comes up with it, I will invite the media to do that openly,” he vowed.

On the issue of merger with other parties, Adebayo informed that he could only go into alliance with a party that shares similar ideologies with SDP.