My Take on the 2023 Presidential Tussle, Nnamdi Kanu, Sunday Igboho – CLO Chairman
COMRADE KENNY BAKARE, chairman, Lagos state chapter of Civil Liberties Organisation, CLO, spoke with EMMANUEL UDOM on his fears for Nigeria beyond 2023, the on-going issues with zoning the presidency to the south and the re-arrest of Nnamdi Kanu and attack of Sunday Igboho, the Yoruba Separatist warlord.
Based on the realities presently on ground in Nigeria, what do you see beyond 2023?
Honestly, I have my fears for Nigeria at this point in time considering the many realities of insecurity, violence, bloodbath, the tussle for the presidency and agitations for a return to true federalism, among other challenges.
But, as a Christian, an activist and a patriotic Nigerian, I will still continue to pray for our beloved country. Nigeria is blessed and I am one person that still stands for the unity, progress and peace in our country.
I therefore continue to plead with the Buhari-led federal government to sort out the many seemingly insurmountable challenges presently facing our country, so that Nigeria will continue to remain as one indivisible entity beyond 2023.
Is Buhari-led government practicing democracy or dictatorship? This is the question that has been disturbing my mind for months, even as the government seems to be lacking on obeying issues relating to fundamental human rights.
What is your take of Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho, please?
Well, the British government and some other public affairs commentators have told the world that Nnamdi Kanu was kidnapped. Where he was kidnapped became an issue of controversy and at the end of the day, Kenya came up.
But, the federal government said it followed due process in trailing and re-arresting Kanu and whisking him back to Nigeria to continue his trials.
For Sunday Igboho, I do not think due process was followed here in the attack and invasion of his residence in the dead of the night. Due process demands that there must be proper documentation and arrest or invasion should be done in the day, not at night, like a thief.
Southern governs insist 2023 presidency should be zone to the south. Northern governors are kicking. How do you see this?
The northern region is afraid of losing the presidency to the south. The northern governors and elders think the presidency; Aso Rock, is their birth-right, their father’s property for life. But, it is not. It is becoming clearer by the day.
What is your advice to the Buhari-led FG at this point in time?
President Muhammmed Buhari should tackle insecurity headlong, provide jobs or create opportunities for entrepreneurships to strive and listen to genuine agitators for a return to true federalism.