Vanguard (Lagos)

1 January 2009

Nigeria: Eschew Violence, CPP Urges Politicians

The Citizens Popular Party (CPP) has enjoined Nigerian political class to jettison the practice of violence and do-or-die politics, which have held back positive development in the country, since independence.

It urged politicians to imbibe issue-based politics that will deepen democratic process in this New Year.

The CPP in a New Year message entitled, "Time for Action" and signed by its National Chairman, Barrister Maxi Okwu, however called for the formation of a grand alliance, which will wrestle power from the stronghold of political predator and beneficiaries of electoral frauds in the country.

According to him, "as a mass movement, CPP abhors violence and do-or-die politics, and urges politicians to imbibe issue-based politics that will deepen our democratic process.

"We further extend our right hand of comradeship to all progressive political parties, civil society organisations and labour for the formation of a Grand Patriotic Alliance that will wrestle power from the stronghold of political predators that have for a long time now cornered national power," he said.

The need for a Rainbow Coalition of opposition parties in Nigeria, he said, "can not be over-emphasized given the recklessness and ineptitude of the ruling PDP".

"Fellow Nigerians, it is time for action, it is time for patriotism, dedication, commitment and tolerance, as we jointly strive to build a strong democratic society that our children will be proud of for generations yet to come".

"Nigerians have suffered enough since Independence in 1960 due to inept and corrupt leadership. It is unfortunate that a nation that is abundantly endowed with human and natural resources will be so impoverished by political buccaneers masquerading as leaders without vision, without purpose and without direction", adding, "Enough is enough".

"In the spirit of the New Year, CPP calls on Nigerians to participate actively in the affairs of the nation as power resides in the people.

We call for greater vigilance and urge the people to strongly challenge the actions of the Government that are incongruous, inconsistent and discordant with the security and welfare of the citizenry which is the primary purpose of government as enshrined in Section 14 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic Nigeria 1999".

"Successive governments took the security and welfare of Nigerians for granted. The consequences of this complacency are unprecedented poverty, suffering, insecurity through armed robbery, kidnapping, unemployment, arson, and assassination etc".

"With the recent Supreme Court legalisation of President Umaru Yar Adua's declaration as President, we urge him to sit-up, redirect and accelerate the ship of the Nigerian State on to the path of progress, development and advancement. President Yar Adua must realize that he has failed to deliver democracy dividends to the populace since he assumed office".

"His slow-motion approach to governance has impeded rapid reforms and transformation of the nation so as to be one of the 20 largest economies in the world by the year 2020, as he promised in his inaugural speech on 29th May 2007.

The current global economic recession is a wake-up call for the Federal Government to rise to the occasion with robust approach to burning national issues that will ameliorate the suffering of the masses".

"For long the National Assembly has been playing to the gallery, conducting endless probes that lead to nowhere. Nigerians are tired of this absurd national distraction.

We call on the Legislators to mind their business by enacting transformative laws that will usher the citizenry to the Promised Land".

"So far, the Judiciary remains the bedrock of our nascent democracy, and the last hope of all aggrieved people. Since the rule of law is the foundation of every society, we urge the Judiciary to dispense justice without fear or favor.

"The fight against corruption and bad governance will remain a mirage without the speedy passage of the Freedom of Information Bill. CPP calls on the Legislators to reconsider the bill with a view to passing it in 2009.

Nigerians demand transparency and accountability from public officers who they presumably mandated to run the affairs of the country, CPP therefore urges the people to be pro-active and keep the Governments at various levels on their toes".

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