By Sylvanus Viashima
Jalingo (Precise Post) – Northeast representative to the Northeast Development Commission (NDE) and chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief David Sabo Kente on Thursday blamed the Nigerian elites for the growing insecurity, tension and disunity in the country.
Kente who disclosed this while interacting with journalists in Wukari said that leaders of thought and others in position of authority have sacrificed national interests to promote selfish interests thereby promoting religious, ethnic, regional and political interests that suits their purposes.
He noted that when merit, justice, equity and fairness becomes relegated to the background and mediocrity is allowed to take preeminence in a society, the people are bound to react in a way that would affect the growth of the society.
According to Kente, “what we are witnessing now is just the delivery from decades long pregnancy. Over the years, our leaders chose to promote selfish interests over national interests. They chose to achieve their political ambitions against all costs, not to serve but to amass wealth for themselves and their families. In the course of this, they have explored religious, ethnic, political, and all kinds of sentiments and have created and are still creating the kind of disunity that now threatens our very existence as a nation.
“Today, Nigeria is on a precipice and it will take divine intervention and conscious efforts on our part to avert a major catastrophe. In the next dispensation, the people must rise to chose leaders with national outlook and interest, leaders, who would promote national interests and uphold justice, equity and fairness.
“Education is a the bedrock of every nation and the threat to our education system by this continued abduction of school children is a threat to national sustainability. We have foreigners who are into organized crimes. This is one of the worst this things that has happened to Nigeria. We at the Northeast Development Commission (NDE) are doing our best to stop the drop out of children from school as a result of insurgency, banditry, militancy or any other guise, but this is a collective responsibility and we all must key into it”.
The two time governorship hopeful in Taraba state said that “community policing, like other suggestions, is a good idea in tackling insecurity” but insisted that “the traditional institutions need to be given more defined and authoritative roles backed by the constitution to perform in their domains if any kind of community policing efforts is to achieve any meaningful result. The traditional institutions in Nigeria must be given a prominent role for us to address insecurity”.
Reacting to speculations that he has shelved his governorship ambition to gun for Senate in 2023, Kente said that he was not into any negotiations with anyone concerning 2023 and he is not even contemplating shifting his ambition.