The first and the most important responsibility of any serious government is to guarantee security of lives and properties of the citizens and all inhabitants of the state. Any government that falls short of this is a failed government. It was on this basis that the Jonathan administration was expunged by Nigerians hoping to find solace in the present administration of General Muhammadu Buhari due to his experience as a general. As at the time of election and electioneering campaign, we had informed Nigerians according to our ideology and perspective that it is not about change in the administrators whose function is just to administer within the existing system but change in the entire system.
The hope and expectations of average Nigerians were high, our belief was that the present administration will deliver our state from the hands of insurgents, create more employment and provide adequate infrastructure so that we would have a peaceful country where everybody would sleep with our two eyes closed.
Several attacks and abduction have been carried out on our brothers and sisters in Kaduna, Yobe, Adamawa, Borno, Benue etc. Countless Nigerians have lost their lives and properties. This shows that the present administration is either unwilling or not capable to put an end to the scourge; they are blaming the action on “Unknown Persons”. Is this how Nigerians will fold their arms and stand aloof until we all land in IDP camps or seek asylum in refugee camps in nearby countries? History will never forget our roles in the liberation or subjugation of our country.
In the wake of the New Year when everybody was expecting goodwill message to serve as succor for the fuel hike and endless queue at our filling stations across the nation, our hope was truncated by the awful news of gruesome and heinous murder of over 73 Nigerians in Gumi and Logo Local Government of Benue state which resulted in mass burial amidst rains of tears from all those who know the value of a single life. As usual, the present administration cannot apprehend the perpetrators of the dastardly act but this time blamed the killing on “herdsmen”
On Monday 26th of February 2018 Kasuwan Magani in Kaduna state was ravaged with another violence which also claimed a lot of lives and many properties were set ablaze. The government is yet to unravel the perpetrators of the mayhem blaming the incident on “Culprits”.
The most excruciating and exasperating part of it is the recent abduction of 110 schoolgirls from the government Girls science and technology college, Dapchi, Yobe state on the 19th of February 2018. The abductors drove the students who were shouting for help according to an eye witness in their buses through roads to their destination without being noticed or apprehended by security agents. To us, it is suspicious. This time, the act is blamed on “Boko Haram”.
Lest we forget, 276 school girls were abducted from their school in the North-East Nigerian town of Chibok in 2014 by a militant group called Boko Haram. These girls are now popularly known and referred to as “Chibok Girls”. It is obvious that both the past administration (PDP) and the present administration (APC) have combined their might and forces but could not secure the release of all our girls. Although, out of the above mentioned number, over 100 Chibok girls that have been “rescued” by Buhari’s administration have been more or less replaced in the den of Boko Haram with the Dapchi girls and thereby returning us to status-quo.
In view of the above, the entire members of the Lagos State Chapter of the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) condemn in the strongest term and in solidarity will all affected citizens and their families, the barbaric attacks on innocent Nigerians, heinous abduction and gruesome butchery of Nigerians. If a general cannot combat an insurgence within the ambient of the existing system of government, then, the system is not only faulty but needs complete overhauling. We need no intervention of an oracle to ascertain the veracity that this present capitalist system of government has failed woefully.
The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) intends to re-organize and stabilize the existing security structure in Nigeria by providing all necessary arms and ammunitions capable of restraining and paralyzing all existing insurgence in the country in line with democratic controlled community defence. Our military personnel and other security agents would be adequately remunerated so that they would be willing and ready to make lots of sacrifice for our dear Nation. Our research has revealed that technologically aided aerial surveillance, controlled aerial bombardment with full artillery and standby reinforcement ready to advance as soon as they receive signal from troubled communities with immediate effect are more than enough to suppress insurgence in the country. Also, there must be adequate provision for dialogue and reconciliation where necessary.
Having guaranteed the security of the state, we will provide free education for all citizens, build more schools, upgrade existing government schools, create more employment for our teeming population by allowing the working class to take active role in the deciding and key sectors of economy while we re-distribute the wealth generated from the state equally among the citizens without bias or sentiment. Within two years, our refineries will work at optimal capacity. We will introduce functional rail system within an integrated transport system across major cities in the country, Ajaokuta steel company would be in operation within three years. Salaries and allowances of political office holders would be reduced to that of civil servants so that more roads could be constructed, ultramodern hospitals would be provided, stable and affordable power supply would be generated for the consumption of all. Small and medium entrepreneurs will spring up at every nook and cranny of the country thereby reducing unemployment to the barest minimum. This will go a long way in boosting our economy beyond limit. Therefore, religious bigotry, ethnic jingoism, political thuggery and massive wealth aggrandizement would be eradicated thereby resulting into peaceful and enviable society.
We call on well-meaning Nigerians home and abroad to support us and join us in order to jointly build the SPN as a formidable alternative to rescue Nigeria from collapse.
Society dies little by little when those who know the illness fold their arms waiting for conventional solution. Join The Socialist Party of Nigeria today and rescue our country. Thank you.
Com. M.K Shoyombo
SPN Publicity Secretary, Lagos State