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Election in Borno Not Feasible Now, Says SSG

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The Secretary to the Borno State Government and  prominent member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ambassador Baba Ahmad Jidda,  has cautioned against moves to conduct House of Assembly by-election for Jere Local Government state constituency fixed for  October 3.’

Jidda, who gave the warning  at the weekend in Abuja, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) to  postpone the by-election, adding that any talk about election in the face of the scary security situation and threat to the survival of the nation is nothing but callous and repulsive.

In a statement titled:  ‘imperatives of Peace before Politicking,’ Jidda called on all stakeholders in the country and the state in particular to jettison politicking for now for the sake of the continued existence of Nigeria and survival of democracy.
“A deep appraisal of the condition prevailing in the state at the moment shows a disrupted environment that is in desperate need of peace and restoration. As a result of the insurgency caused by Boko Haram, insurgent large swathes of land in the state is currently inaccessible,”  Jidda said.

According to him, normal governmental, economic, social and political activities have been dislocated “with huge numbers of displaced persons living in refugee camps in Maiduguri, neighbouring states as well as Niger, Chad and Cameroon.”
The SSG further advised against jostling by politicians seeking elective offices across the political divide in the country over the  2015 election  in the state or anywhere in the country in the face of rampaging onslaught  by the Boko Haram insurgents.

Jidda noted that scheming for elective offices in the face of threat to the survival of the nation was callous and repulsive.

“ At this very moment, most parts of the state are being occupied by Boko Haram insurgents. Government presence and administration is minimal or non-existent across many parts of the state, with economic, commercial and social services totally subdued. Schools and clinics remain closed. Most settlements in the affected areas in the state have either been deserted or access to them practically impossible, thus majority of the political stakeholders cannot, in real fact reach their constituencies.

“So, the threat of insecurity affects everybody irrespective of political differences. The enabling environment for politics and electioneering campaign is simply not obtainable at present in the state. In the view of many, the thought about politics and pursuit of political interest in this environment appears absurd, callous and morally repulsive,” he said.

Jidda  advocated a stakeholders’ summit  of eminent citizens of the North-east zone, irrespective of ethnic, political and religious affiliations, to articulate a broad-based solutions to the threat posed by the  insurgents.
“In the light of this grim scenario, it is absolutely essential for all patriotic citizens of the state to rise up in a united spirit to focus and solve the challenges posed by insecurity, which is a real threat to our collective survival.

“In this regard, it is hereby proposed first, that a meeting of all stakeholders, elders statesmen from Borno State, irrespective of sectarian, ethnic and

political persuasions should be convened to review the state of affairs in the state.
‘’Second, this group should seek audience with the President of the
Federal Republic to present collectively the unbearable conditions imposed on the people of Borno State by this crises, including the agony and pains of the abducted Chibok girls and their parents.

“Such an approach is expected to specifically open gates for decisively tackling insecurity and its attendant economic and social burdens on our Borno State, the North-east zone and Nigeria as a whole. This approach is envisaged to rescue the state and return peace to create the essential environment for normal life and politics.

“As things stand now, the priority of the citizens is the immediate return of peace and restoration of basic social and economic conditions. In the view of many, the thought about politics and pursuit of political interest in this environment appears absurd, callous and morally repulsive.

“In the light of the foregoing, I hereby make a clarion call on all the leaders and stakeholders in the state regardless of political, religious and ethnic differences to come together to address the challenge posed by insecurity in the state.

“It is a well-known fact that all over the world, when societies are challenged by a consuming crises or epidemic, citizens unite putting aside partisan and personal differences, to solve problems that threaten the existence of the entire society.

“It will suffice to mention here, the example of the proactive approach adopted by the federal government against the spread of the Ebola Virus which has received national and international commendation. If similar proactive approach had been applied to the insurgency at inception, I strongly believe the escalation of the insurgency would have been curtailed,” Jidda added.

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

Updated 4 Years ago

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