COMRADE KENNY ABIOLA BAKARE, chairman, Lagos state chapter of the Civil Liberties Organization, CLO, spoke with Emmanuel Udom, on how the Muhammed Buhari-led government should address the insecurity and other challenges facing our country, so as to save Nigeria from imminent break-up.
With the realities on ground now in various parts of Nigeria, do you think our country will break-up before 2023?
The break-up angle is difficult to predict, because I still stand by the unity, peace and progress of Nigeria. Yes, the realities are quite intimidating, discouraging and unfortunate, but, there is still light at the end of the tunnel.
Truth is that our beloved country has been sitting on a key of gun powder and I have been saying this for decades.
Today, insecurity, battered economy, unimplemented policies on federal character system of appointments, ethnicity, etc, has reduced Nigeria to a pitiable stage. I am positive our country will overcome this stage.
I suggest that the Muhammed Buhari-led government should re-visit and implement the report of the national conference packaged by former, President Goodluck Jonathan, to fix Nigeria and avert imminent collapse.
Okay, Bola Ahmed Tinubu is positioning himself to take over from Buhari in 2023. What is your take here?
Like every politician before and after him, Tinubu, has the constitutional right to aspire to the highest office of the land-the presidency.
But, if the many challenges presently facing our country are not adequately addressed and resolved before 2023, I have my fears if our country may still remain as one indivisible entity. I may be wrong or right and therefore stand to be corrected.
There are reports that the 3rd wave of COVID-19 may hit Africa, Nigeria. How will respond to this?
Yes, prayer is the master key, anywhere in the world. However, in addition to prayers, we in Nigeria should strictly follow the directives, guidelines and policies of the presidential committee on covid-19.
Usage of sanitizers, washing of our hands regularly and maintaining social distances as well as reported suspected cases of COVID-19 issues to the right authority are some of these directives.