LAGOS: THE United States-based South-South Native Assembly called on Nigerians to exercise their democratic right to vote in next month’s general elections.
The organisation’s President, Felix Gumnwee, in a statement, said the electorate should send a “potent signal” to politicians and the Nigerian political leadership that the country was overdue for a broad vision for substantively addressing mass-joblessness, youth-unemployment, hunger, and poverty.
“This should be undertaken by massively voting out and rejecting all incumbents and fresh aspirants of the variant political spectrums who had neglected, failed, or refused to execute the people’s agenda, priorities, and programs thus taken Nigerian masses and voters for granted by faithfully executed their personal and cronies’ programs and priorities during their previous or current tenures,” read the statement.
“In other words, elected representatives, fresh aspirants and visionless politicians, including their cronies, who had mismanaged public resources, misrepresented the peoples’ interests, and misappropriated or converted public funds into private treasury at the expense of the peoples’ welfare should not be elected or re-elected but rather rejected nationwide at the polls.” Gumnwee said his organisation remained of the position that at this point in Nigeria’s political history, Nigerian masses and voters deserved a visionary leader that was capable of solving the nation’s social and economic problems.
“Thus, it would be disappointing to watch the presidential candidates of the two major political parties, Retired General Mohammadu Buhari of the APC and President Goodluck Jonathan of the ruling PDP, attempt to jumble issues of tremendous interest and concern to the masses and voters in the heated rhetoric of a presidential campaign or resort to zeroing in on the atrocious acts of terrorism by Boko Haram as a wedge-issue without unveiling a broad vision for substantively addressing the country’s rising tide of mass-joblessness, insecurity, dilapidated infrastructure, youth-unemployment, hunger, and poverty.”
Ultimately, he said, the voters bore the legitimacy and constitutional responsibility for setting the terms and course of the Nigerian “political compass.” “We urge you to exercise it without hesitation to usher in a truly representative democracy.” The US-based Nigerian group canvasses for Diaspora voting rights.
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