Mass action looms with undue policy chaos, group warns FG
A group, Nigeria Intervention Movement (NIM), newly launched umbrella platform for citizens democratic mobilisation has warned the Federal Government and its oil corporation to refrain from further tasking the patience of the people with avoidable chaos in the management of the country’s abundant petroleum resources “as such provocation could precipitate spontaneous mass action.”
A statement by Hajia Khairat Animashaun –Ajiboye, Under Secretary, Mobilisation, NIM said: “The movement is therefore urging President Muhammadu Buhari, as the man currently in the saddle, to call the subsidiaries under the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and all its subsidiaries to order immediately by ensuring that Nigeria’s oil managers immediately put its inchoate house in order so as not to push Nigerians further to the wall and provoke an overdue mass uprising against the incohesion and impunity of government gatekeepers
“Again, our assessment of the state of the country also reveals clearly that the patience and goodwill of Nigerians towards government is being mindlessly tasked by managers and handlers of the Federal Government and that the people’s unusual goodwill to the Buhari’s government is fast burning out as Nigerians are being gradually pushed to the walls by the discordant and conflictual policy actions of gatekeepers of the federal government sustained by unabated infighting and impunity within government. So, we, as a movement, are being compelled to help provide leadership towards organising Nigerians better for making government accountable to its citizens and electors.”
The movement, floated in Abuja at a convergence of ninety frontline leaders of thought in the country, known as G- 90 and “the third force in the emerging political equation of Nigeria” has considered “a proposal to form a strategic shadow cabinet to constantly x-ray government policy actions and activities and to advise the country on the most suitable policy alternatives for popular democratic governance in the country.”
It added: “To this end, we wish to reiterate here that we as concerned stakeholders are deeply worried and perturbed about the state of affairs of the masses and the impoverished in the country, a situation, which today has led our country to an unprecedented crime rate and heightening insecurity of various dimensions.
“As a group of leaders of conscience, who live among our poor folks and therefore also faced with great risk created by the rapacious greed of the Political elites of Nigeria, we have resolved to vanguard to a logical reality the struggle for inclusive mass prosperity for which the peoples of Nigeria yearn and long since the advent of the current democracy in 1999. Consequently, a six zonal mobilisation structure is already being set up by the movement to accommodate the overwhelming interest and goodwill from every Nigerian who wish to make history with this historic movement as every politics in our estimation is deemed to be local.
“Finally, we wish to clarify that we are neither a pro nor an anti- government body and neither are we aligned to APC or PDP but ours is an inclusive pan Nigerian, pro-democracy and pro-poor political intervention of a new generation of leaders of conscience in the country thrown up by our circumstances of our politics towards providing a new political leadership to millions of Nigerians who have lost hope in the leadership of our nationhood by a self-serving old order of the Nigerian political class who at every opportunity manipulate the destiny of our people. We are today intervening in the affairs of our people by popular will towards upturning the present dubious and manipulative political system and culture foisted on our people by a clique of self-serving opportunists who daily exploit our nation’s constitutional lopsidedness and its anti-poor state apparatus to inflict hardship on Nigerians.”
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