Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON) and chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Osita Okechukwu Sunday appealed to former President, Olusegun Obasanjo to adhere to Utopian Solutions Distancing, so as to avoid setting Nigeria on fire.
According to Okechukwu, Nigeria needs credible inputs now, and not fueling of angst by those who by commission, or omission, planted the reprehensible seeds that are manifesting today in the country.
The foundation member of APC stated these while addressing journalists in Enugu on Sunday on Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s statement titled, “Moving Nigeria away from Tipping Over.”
He appealed to the elder statesman and other patriots to join President Buhari in building pragmatic-consensus solutions by adhering to the imperative of Utopian Solutions Distancing.
“True! True! Things are hard, no doubt. I wholeheartedly agree with our elder statesman, Chief Obasanjo that things are tough for us Nigerians, and ground is not level. But the truth is that the President Buhari I know is not happy about the insecurity in the land or happy that Nigeria scored the infamous position of World Poverty Capital,” Okechukwu said.
“His effort may not be the best. However, he is working round the clock on how best to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years, hence the unprecedented Buhari’s Agrarian Revolution, one of his pragmatic-consensus solution, fixing of physical infrastructure and his effort release monies accruing to local councils and state judiciary nationwide directly.”
On what he means by Utopian Solutions Distancing, Mr Okechukwu quipped, “I sincerely mean that we are in liberal democracy and as such one appeals to eminent patriots like our revered Chief Obasanjo and the leadership of Afenifere, Middle Belt Forum, Northern Elders’ Forum, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Pan Niger Delta Forum and their clan to as a matter urgent national importance adhere strictly to the imperative of Utopian Solutions Distancing and cultivate fate in our fledgling democracy.”
“One, is it not utopian to make laws in Nigeria today in isolation of the extant provisions of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria? Methinks the constitution is the grund norm, is supreme and its provisions shall have binding force on all authorities and persons throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Our constitutional democracy has engrained provisions for periodic elections and subversion of this maxim may set Nigeria on fire.”
Okechukwu wondered how we will avert the tipping over when Chief Obasanjo, instead of prodding, persuading and lobbying the National Assembly to do the needful, was hailing the Northern Elders Forum and Yoruba Summit Group for disparaging the same National Assembly’s push towards amending the constitution? We elected the National Assembly and must at all times persuade and lobby them to do our biddings. Alternatively, we vote them out in the next election.