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Guy Ikokwu, a Second Republic politician and a member of the Ime-Obi (inner caucus) of the apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, in this interview with ZEBULON AGOMUO, Editor, expressed worries over the worsening insecurity in the country, the 2019 general election, among other issues of national interest. Excerpts:
How would you react to the current state of the nation, in terms of the wave of insecurity?
Well, the nation is very divisive at the moment; and the nation is not secured; insecurity in the nation pervades the whole country from north to the south. There are so many killings in all parts of Nigeria as has never been seen before in the history of this country; apart from the civil war. There is monumental corruption in Nigeria unheard of before and you know, corruption was one of the indices that brought about the first military coup of the Yorubas and the Igbos. It was not an Igbo coup; it was Nigerian coup of young Majors.
And it has not abated for 50 years; and the Nigerian nation has deteriorated so much that we have become a laughing stock of all nations. For the first time, we have become the poverty headquarters of the whole world. We have overtaken India. And for the first time, with the level of insecurity that we have; we can no longer pretend about the killings, the kidnappings and the herdsmen who have now been militarised. Never before in the history of Nigeria have herdsmen who keep goats, pigs and cattle or sheep become militarised and begin to kill at random. These are matters which our children cannot understand; because Nigeria has now gone down to the lowest ebb of educational qualifications. But without good education no nation can … Read More...