Group laments state of the nation, charges Jonathan to intensify efforts

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Aug 23rd, 2014
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imageA pressure group, Advocacy for Better Leadership, ABEL, on Saturday, urged the President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration to appraise the state of the nation and come up with ways to address the challenges facing the nation.

In a statement made available to DailyPost in Lagos, ABEL secretary, Seun Adenekan, noted that though all hands must be on deck to assist the federal government in nation building, government itself must be proactive in tackling issues affecting the people headlong.

“Today we join our voice with millions of Nigerians who have become victims of cancerous, cruel, luciferous and oppressive rulers in our country,” it said.

“We as fellow bereaved countrymen cannot claim ignorance of the ineptitude of our elected and appointed public office holders who by virtue of their craze for greed, taste for corruption and distaste for communal prosperity have continually mortgaged the development and betterment of our once glorious country on the altar of nepotism, corruption and dishonesty.

“It is more aggravating that insecurity has now become a signature note of our country around the globe. The unending massacre of innocent men and women in the North is a pointer to the negligence and carefree attitude of politicians in and around power who have continuously paid lip service to curbing terrorism in our country.

“We wish to state without any iota of pretence that the rescue of the adopted Chibok girls and marked improvement in the security situation in the country will be a big beaming light towards a higher rating and a possible reelection of President Jonathan and we will only plead with Mr. President to intensify efforts into bringing back the girls alive and find a lasting solution to the our security challenges.”

ABEL said while it recognizes the health challenge presently rocking the country as a result of the Ebola Virus Disease; kudos must be given to the Federal and Lagos State Government for promptly standing up to the challenge against all odds.

It, however, criticized the decision of the Federal government to ‘sack’ all resident doctors.

The group described the development as is ill-thought and unhelpful, saying what the nation needs at this moment is cordial relationship between the government and all stakeholders in the health sector.

ABEL further condemned, in strong terms, the high handedness, cruel and dictatorial manner the government of Ogun state dealt with students of Olabisi Onabanjo University during their recent protest against hike in school fees.

“We wish to state clearly that the right to peaceful protest is non-negotiable and no government, no matter highly placed has the audacity to order assault on students exercising their constitutional right.

“Elected politicians must be deeply warned that it is nothing but grave insult and the zenith of deceit to dance around Nigerians and students during election only to turn against them afterward.”

On Ebola, the group tasked every Nigerian to keep a healthy and clean environment and ensure that every information on how to stay healthy is confirmed and acted upon.

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