By Codratus Godson
The recent violence across Nigeria was avoidable if advice made earlier by groups especially from the south east were heeded.
A political think-tank in eastern Nigeria says Nigeria is at the point of deciding whether to make change by resolutions or by revolution. The group said the actions of the youth and the chaos that followed were totally avoidable, if calls over the years were heeded to.
The group which calls itself South-East APC Presidency Project 2023 said in a memorandum made available to BusinessDay Sunday that it has for years felt the frustrations of the Nigerian youths, and continuously expressed them on many different platforms and occasions.
According to the national coordinator of the group, Chinedu Jideofo-Ogbuagu, Nigeria right now is at the point of deciding the path of dialogue and resolutions or that of a revolution. “The fact is that Nigeria is once again at a crossroads. Do we wander into a revolution now or do we prepare for a democratic regime change in 2023?”
Ogbuagu holds a doctorate in Maritime Policy and was a consultant to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) where he advised 77 3rd world countries and developed the Cardifff Free Port, and developed the NMA that is now NIMASA
In his memo, the Coordinator said: “We in South-East APC Presidency Project 2023 have for years felt the frustrations of the Nigerian youths, and we continuously expressed them on many different platforms and occasions. Sadly, like the youths, no one listened to us, much less act on our many recommendations that would stem the tide of national rot.
“Launching South-East APC Presidency Project 2023 in January 2020 was our last-ditch attempt at a practical, democratic political solution to the many challenges confronting Nigeria over the past decades.
“Many – including millions of Nigerian youths – have paid the supreme price of our country’s poor leadership since Independence in 1960, but we felt that preparing for a paradigm shift in the leadership of the country in 2023 is more constructive than plunging the country into a crisis which end no one can predict.”
Urging Nigeria to choose the part of resolutions instead of revolution, Ogbuagu (PhD) stated: “We know that some youths are impatient and want a revolution now, and their impatience is understandable, but that branch road is both too risky and dangerous. And it would almost certainly lead to cataclysmic break-up of Nigeria into a number of splinter territories that no one can predict now.
“That is why we have taken the road that will lead to peaceful transition from President Buhari to a president of Nigeria of South-East extraction on APC platform. Many would ask why on APC platform and, again, their reservation would be understandable. But APC is not beyond reform.
“Promise of Nigeria’s president of South-East extraction on APC platform would immediately change the character of the party from crisis-ridden one to a peaceful and progressive party that it should be.
“Promise of Nigeria’s president of South-East extraction on APC platform would bring about instant attitudinal change of APC members from confusion and uncertainty to certainty and focus on preparing the grounds for national healing, unity and prosperity that South-East APC Presidency Project 2023 represents.
“We cannot achieve change of the change without involvement of the youths of Nigeria, from whom Nigeria’s president of South-East extraction on APC platform in 2023 should almost certainly emerge.
“In fact, we look forward to an APC dominated by the youths; who are progressive and remember that the ‘P’ in ‘APC’ stands for ‘Progressives’.
“Some old men in All Progressives Congress (APC) have not allowed the party to be fully progressive since 2015, but, with infusion of millions of young persons into APC ahead of 2023, those old men will have to give way for progressive ideas from the youths to change the fortunes of the party and our country.
“We have looked at the original and expanded demands of the #EndSARS protesters, and we find all of them basic progressive demands that youthful Nigeria’s president of South-East extraction on APC platform would easily implement from 29th May 2023.”
He urged the youths to join the APC and the South-East APC Presidency Project 2023 to prepare to fix Nigeria and develop her speedily from 29th May 2023.