Nigeria’s democracy is on its way to total collapse except urgent steps are taken by stakeholders in the country and those in government.
This warning comes from Bishop Seun Adeoye of the Sufficient Grace and Truth Ministry (SGTM), Rehoboth Arena, Osun state.
Vanguard reports that the bishop released a statement on Monday, December 12, 2016 saying Nigeria’s democracy was already showing signs of collapse, especially with the pains citizens of the country are passing through.
Nigeria is facing serious economic challenges and the clergyman says there are manifestations of danger with various reports of manipulations of electoral processes and lopsided political appointments in favour of some sections of the country.
The bishop said: “Today, Nigerians are battling for survival with no solution on sight to our economic problems. Prices of food and other essential materials keep on rising astronomically everyday with no increment in workers’ wages and we see our leaders arrogantly behaving as if nothing is happening.
“When some of us led protests against the raising of fuel price from N87 to N145, we were told then that this action would help state governors pay workers salaries but seven months after many of the governors in particular the governor of Osun state where I reside are still panting as they were unable to fulfill this promise.
“It is sad that when you go around, you see frustrated and disillusioned Nigerians praying for an unusual intervention in governance. This is unacceptable.
“Democracy is still the best form of government. But unfortunately, most of our political players are behaving in manners not too good for the continued existence of our nation’s civil rule.
“Is it true that the federal government corruption fight was targeted at only the opposition while members of President Muhammadu Buhari’s party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) are not being prosecuted but are being treated as saints?
“Is it true that soldiers and other paramilitary forces have been helping the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to rig elections for his party against the will of the people as widely reported in recent elections particularly that of Rivers state?”
He pleaded with President Buhari not to shun the various complaints from the citizens of the country, while accusing the administration of stifling the voices of the opposition making them go underground.
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To him, this is not good for democracy.
“At a time too, armed policemen stormed my house in Osogbo looking for what was not lost but when it comes time to speak the truth, I need to do so and I encourage Nigerians too not to keep quiet.
Religious leaders, the media and human rights group must help rise up when occasion demands. Like I mentioned, our nation’s democracy is under threat unless we retrace our steps,” the bishop said.