The Lagos chapter of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has challenged the Federal Government on the insecurity and mass poverty that have ravaged the Nigerian society in the few years past, and especially in recent times.
Speaking at their weekly strategic meeting last Wednesday held in the Surulere area of the state, the chairman of the chapter, Chief Olatunde Onakoya, pointed to the recent carnage in Plateau State, saying, “the life of everyone that died in Plateau State is precious in the eyes of God and those of every caring person.
“The people of Plateau will definitely not want to interact with either the All Progressives Congress (APC) or with the president, and that is why the SDP is alive. You must have heard of Afenifere and Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s comments on recent happenings, and those form the basis of the SDP’s reactions.”
He continued: “They want to institute ranches in the whole country, which is suspicious. Just last Saturday, Papa Ayo Adebanjo with top Yoruba leaders converged at his house at Lekki. Former President Obasanjo was there, and said in no uncertain terms that no cattle ranches will come into Yoruba and Igbo lands.
“We must be politically conscious of happenings in our country.” Onakoya also pointed to the one-man protest that was carried out by former Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili in Abuja, and how she was eventually manhandled by the security forces, adding that the protest was not violent and what happened to Ezekwesili could not have happened in a civilised land.
He added that in 2018, when people in some other climes are going to the satellites to seek new residences for their generations unborn, some Nigerians are still busy killing themselves over cattle land, slaughtering 60 people in exchange for 30 cows.
“Our position is not one of violence; we just say that people should speak up against injustice and violence,” he said.
He also spoke against the alterations made to the 2018 budget by the National Assembly as admitted by the president, which he said would definitely not augur well for the society but rather engender further poverty for the general masses.
Already, he said, Nigeria has just taken over from India as the country with the most poverty-stricken populace, according to internationally-verifiable data.
The economy has been debased mainly because of the rate the Naira exchanges for the other international currencies, he said.
“Why should anybody offer themselves as sacrifice for the APC, who all become inconsiderate after they attain political power? Let us play down on ethnicity; whether you are Yoruba, Hausa or Ibo, we all have the same needs,” the state chairman maintained.
Also speaking, a former executive secretary of the party in Lagos, Dr. David Adeyemi said: “The president has said that those clamouring for restructuring have their own agenda; we should thus ask him what his own agenda for the polity is. Buhari has never believed in restructuring and has said that much.”