Fidelity bank banner UBA banner
Nigeria’s fate tied to outcome of 2015 polls —Amb. Obiozor •Nwanyanwu, Ozekhome clash over call for polls shift

By News Express on 04/02/2015

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 2,317

Former Ambassador to the United States and one time Director-General of Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Victoria Island, Lagos, Prof. George Obiozor, has said that the outcome of the February 14 general elections would determine whether the country will break up or remain one united entity.  

The two were among lead speakers at the one-day symposium, organised by the Herbert Macaulay Centre for Advancement of Democracy in Abuja, the federal capital, on Monday.

In his keynote speech, titled ‘National Confab and the 2015 General Election’, Prof. Obiozor said that nothing is more disturbing than to see citizens begin to debate the future of their own country, and, at that point, they begin to question the basis of their loyalty to the country or its leadership.

His words: “There is no denying that there is injustice in our country and history teaches us that throughout history, those denied justice have had no interest in peace. There must be justice before peace or all our efforts to keep Nigeria united will eventually be in vain.”

Obiozor added that it was only when Nigerian leaders provide a Constitution that transparently emphasises the doctrine of inclusiveness, equity and justice for all citizens, focused on decentralisation and devolution of power that the country would be brought into the club of modern democratic governments; and unity in diversity

In his contribution, Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Labour Party, Dr. Dan Nwanyanwu, noted that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was not ready for the 2015 general election.

He argued that there are many factors that could hamper successful conduct of the election, insisting that many prominent Nigerians and other citizens in many states have not got their permanent voters cards (PVCs). Nwanyanwu, therefore, canvassed shifting the elections to a new date within the 90 days stipulated by the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

The Labour Party boss also asked President Goodluck Jonathan to give the military the required order and the support to ensure that the Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East are totally crushed before giving INEC the go-ahead to hold any election.

But human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Mike Ozekhome, has a contrary view.

In his paper, ‘Federalism, Judiciary and a New Constitution’, he said that any attempt to postpone the February elections would mean a victory for Boko Haram. “Posting the elections is like posting the evil day. I don’t believe in election postponement. INEC should brace up,” Ozekhome said.

On his part, Col Tony Nyiam (rtd) regretted that the military is facing a hostile media, hostile opposition politicians and corruption, in its battle against the Boko Haram insurgents “misconceived as a rag tag army.” He warned the Nigerian military against seeking to take undue advantage of the ongoing security challenges occasioned by Boko Haram insurgency. In his words, “If you jump in, you will not have a united army. What will follow will be instability.”

Nyiam lamented the fact that the military is facing problems such as hostile media, hostile politicians and corruption. But Nyiam noted that it was the faulty recruitment that has given rise to soldiers running from battle fronts as Nigerians are witnessing now.

He equally cautioned against the misconception of Boko Haram: “The sect, contrary to widely held views, is not a rag tag army.” On the contrary, Nyiam said there is an international dimension to the insurgency, as the influence of Al Qaeda has spread to West Africa. He drew a parallel between the crisis in Mali and the unfolding insurgency in Nigeria, noting that it will be a strategic blunder to think holding elections only will solve the fundamental problems bedevilling Nigeria.

Other speakers included Prof. Chinweizu, who was represented by Yinka Odunmakin; Ibiba Don-Pedro, Comrade Musa Aliyu, former INEC chairman, Prof. Maurice Iwu, Mr. Femi Okunrounmu, and Maureen Chigbo.

•Photo shows, from left; Chairman of Session, Sen. Femi Okurounmu; Presenter, Prof. Marien Tenuche; and Sen. Nimi Barigha Amange at the symposium on National Confab and 2015 General Election.

Source News Express

Posted 04/02/2015 10:08:41 PM


Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+




You may also like...
BREAKING: 5 feared dead in Ile-Ife communal clash...

SESAN OGUNRO: We have lost a candle, by...

Nigerian media must be self-regulated to be democratically...

24 rights groups condemn recurring threats against Amnesty...

Obiano sworn-in for second term in office, pledges...

Outrage greets military’s attack on newspapers

Buhari’s wife accuses husband's opponents of using religion...

Anioma Voice condemns murder of 80-year-old Italian missionary...

Unions ask AMCON to dissolve Aero Contractors Board...

No rift between executive and legislature on 2016...

No-meter-no-payment directive not for all customers — Disco...

4 suspected kidnappers arrested in Adamawa


Latest News MASSOB vs IPOB: Uwazuruike opposes Nnamdi Kanu, tells Igbos to vote in 2019 Fayose takes ‘stomach infrastructure’ to EFCC’s custody, feeds 150 detainees Disregard for rule of law worst corruption than stealing of public funds — US envoy Obi, Umahi meet in Abakaliki Oshiomhole has become a cancer to APC and must go — Coalition of 2019 APC Presidential Aspirants Job scam: I sold my commercial bus to raise N600,000 — Witness tells court National Assembly has helped save Nigeria from collapse — Speaker Dogara Resume or Resign Protest: Court orders police to pay Charly Boy N50m Norway unfolds plan to issue visa to more Nigerians Imo APC supporters protest alleged imposition of candidates FG’s Visa-on-Arrival policy boosting tourism — Minister PDP queries Buhari’s protection of suspended NHIS boss


Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (409,016 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (383,596 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (316,027 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (259,347 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (238,459 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (225,003 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (204,879 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (186,298 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (171,174 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (166,390 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (162,063 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (149,751 views)


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (70) Business & Economy (3,703) Business Verdict (52) Columnists (949) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (561) Features (660) Global Business Monitor (305) International (2,566) Interview (165) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (145) News (39,841) Opinion (1,127) Pidgin (13) Politics (7,354) Religion (885) Sports (1,740) Stock Watch (35) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update


NLNG Prize for Literature 2018

Zenith Zero Balance

CBN banner

Firstmobile banner





LIBYA vs NIGERIA 2-3 Goals Highlights


APO Group Partner




GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera