By Jon Egie
“Nigeria is operating a runaway train, a train that is gone amok” Chief Jomo Akpore, a U.S. war veteran has said.
Fielding questions from journalists on the occasion of the 6th Demas Akpore memorial lecture held in Orogun recently, the Operation Desert Storm war veteran said the Obasanjo letter to President Goodluck Joanathan shows that 2015 is quite dicey.
He said the issues raised in the OBJ letter need to be addressed as soon as possible because Nigeria has been running on shaking grounds, has been engaged in a marriage of unwilling partners “and so far, Jonathan has not been able to put things together. So, 2015 is doubtful, Nigeria could erupt in 2015 or between now and 2015, Nigeria could erupt and the marriage might come to an end.”
Commenting on the consequence of the OBJ letter to President Jonathan on the political change in Nigeria, Jomo Akpore said Nigerians have been in denial. “When you have a bad government it is a reflection of the citizens’ desire. Nigeria has been in denial and not until Nigerians stop being in denial there will be no political change.”
In a separate interview, Chief Fidelis Tilije, a three time deputy governor candidate to Chief Great Ogboru said they have been fighting foe change in Delta State believing that Delta State is a melting pot for Nigeria where the desired change could translate to the entire country.
He said 2015 will not be as usual assuring that the opposition will do everything humanly possible to make sure there is positive change in Delta State.
“The political party will not matter, what will matter is that the man who will be governor of Delta State in 2015 will be chosen by the people of Delta State and no longer imposed on us”.
On the consequence of the OBJ letter, he said “there are going to be so many events that will unfold themselves as we approach 2015 and 2015 will witness many changes. There will be more issues after the OBJ letter, so many more that will make the FG understand that Nigerians can no longer be toyed with.” Asked if the OBJ letter is an indication that the PDP rigging machine was being dismantled he said, “the PDP rigging machine has already been dismantled by members of the PDP.”
Confronted with the fact that in spite of the clamour for change the opposition has not been able to make impact as recorded in the Delta Central senate bye-election and recent Anambra State governorship election, Dr Otive Igbuzor of the Ejiro & Otive Igbuzor Foundation that organized the lecture said change is a process and for every activity in the process there is a challenge.
“For the people of Delta State if they wanted something in 1199 and they were denied, in 2003 they were denied, in 2007 and 2011 they were denied, by 2015 they would have learnt some lessons and I believe that all those lessons will be put to use in 2015 so that the change they desire will be seen.
“There is change across the world because there is a global trend where the wealth of the world has increased seven times in the last 50 years yet the number of poor people is increasing. UNDP reports indicate that the three richest people in the world have assets greater than the GDP of 48 countries put together and because of the growth of technology, social media people know what is happening and are calling for change and that change we will witness in Nigeria as we will mobilise Nigerians to see this change.”
Referring to the OBJ letter, he said change is inevitable in Nigeria considering the misrule of the PDP. According to him, people used to say that there can be no change in Egypt, no change in Libya, but what is the situation today? The PDP used to say that they will rule for 100 years but they are no longer saying so. Nobody wakes up to say he wants violent change. Change is a process, all of us desire change in Nigeria but we know that those who make peaceful change inevitable make violent change possible.” Igbuzor said.