Group Cautions Politicians Over “Internal Deportation” Saga



PeterObi   600A group ,The Young Patriots has cautioned Nigerian politicians not to plunge the nation into another ethno-religious crisis. Asuzu Echezona, national coordinator, Young Patriots stated this in a statement condemning the politicization of the alleged internal deportation saga between Lagos and Anambra states
“Apparently, the Anambra State Governor found it easier to raise dusts ostensibly masked in political mischief and cheap popularity rather than seek genuine engagement for a more productive solution to the issue. Given the media hype that has trailed this saga; the country is already on the edge as the undiscerning are already turbo charged for ethnic oriented battle. Nothing can be cheaper!” the group said.

“Given the serious security challenges confronting the country, Nigeria cannot afford to allow herself to be plunged into another round of unnecessary ethno-religious crisis. The worst hit during such crisis are youths. It is most unfortunate that some political actors chosen to elevate pedestrian and ethno-religious politics far above issue based politics. This has been the bane of good governance in Nigeria. In this case, it is extremely distasteful that an Anambra State government that had earlier deported other Nigerians especially those of Igbo origin is the chief vocalist in this protest. Clearly, the looming Anambra gubernatorial election is the reason behind this. Nigerian youths reject this deliberate attempt to score cheap political goals with a matter as volatile as ethnic tensions. We demand that politicians must be ready to aspire to public service based on their records and actual performance in office. Anything less than this is to confine the wheels of national development to the iron cage of medieval adventurism”.

However, the Young Patriots said “The growing of unconstitutional “internal deportation” of such Nigerians, as already executed by Anambra, Rivers, and now Lagos State governments, is not only condemnable but an indication that Nigeria’s ruling class is increasingly becoming impervious to the sufferings around them. This is not the kind of democracy we fought for. The Young Patriots, therefore, implore governments at all levels in Nigeria to reconcile themselves with the by focusing on pro-people policies and programs. As much as urban renewal remains a desirable component of modern development, it must not come at very annihilating cost to the same people it is supposed to benefit. Without the people, there can never be any ‘democracy’ or ‘government’.

Read the statement below:

YOUNG PATRIOTS PRESS STATEMENT ON “INTERNAL DEPORTATION”

For the past few days, the Nigerian public space has been inundated by what has come to be known as “internal deportation”. The Lagos State government and its Anambra State counterpart are in the eye of this storm. The Lagos State government was reportedly by the Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, of illegally deporting 14 Igbo indigenes to . Upon public engagement on the issue, it was established Lagos State government had written its counterpart in Anambra on the so called deportation. Apparently, the Anambra State Governor found it easier to raise dusts ostensibly masked in political mischief and cheap popularity rather than seek genuine engagement for a more productive solution to the issue. Given the media hype that has trailed this saga; the country is already on the edge as the undiscerning are already turbo charged for ethnic oriented battle. Nothing can be cheaper!

Given the serious security challenges confronting the country, Nigeria cannot afford to allow herself to be plunged into another round of unnecessary ethno-religious crisis. The worst hit during such crisis are youths. It is most unfortunate that some political actors chosen to elevate pedestrian and ethno-religious politics far above issue based politics. This has been the bane of good governance in Nigeria. In this case, it is extremely distasteful that an Anambra State government that had earlier deported other Nigerians especially those of Igbo origin is the chief vocalist in this protest. Clearly, the looming Anambra gubernatorial election is the reason behind this. Nigerian youths reject this deliberate attempt to score cheap political goals with a matter as volatile as ethnic tensions. We demand that politicians must be ready to aspire to public service based on their records and actual performance in office. Anything less than this is to confine the wheels of national development to the iron cage of medieval adventurism.

We are not oblivious of the massive deprivation and suffering being faced by Nigerians, especially the youths, as a result of bad governance. As a matter of fact, thousands of Nigerians are being deported daily to the great beyond as a result of government failure to use available resources to provide basic health care, physical infrastructure and security. It is bad governance that has brought about an army of destitute persons all over our cities. The growing of unconstitutional “internal deportation” of such Nigerians, as already executed by Anambra, Rivers, and now Lagos State governments, is not only condemnable but an indication that Nigeria’s ruling class is increasingly becoming impervious to the sufferings around them. This is not the kind of democracy we fought for. The Young Patriots, therefore, implore governments at all levels in Nigeria to reconcile themselves with the by focusing on pro-people policies and programs. As much as urban renewal remains a desirable component of modern development, it must not come at very annihilating cost to the same people it is supposed to benefit. Without the people, there can never be any ‘democracy’ or ‘government’.

Finally, we urge the long suffering people of Nigeria to continue to identify and reject failed politicians whose stock in trade is using ethno-religious sentiments to keep themselves in the corridors of power. It is our expectation that with the successful merger of three major political parties in Nigeria into the All Progressive Congress, Nigerians will no longer difficulty in premising their electoral choices predominantly on issues of manifesto, track of candidates and actual delivery of the dividends of democracy. The die is cast!

Asuzu Echezona
National Coordinator, Young Patriots

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