…Ask National Assembly to invoke doctrine of necessity
Nigerian intellectuals and civil society leaders, under the umbrella of the ‘New Fabian Society of the Concerned Professionals’, have suggested to the National Assembly to consider invoking the doctrine of necessity to birth “new leaders and refocus the agenda of the country” in the light of mounting security and economic challenges.
The leaders, who made the suggestion in an issued statement made available to our correspondents at the weekend, expressed frustration with the security situation in Nigeria, noting that the country is already in a state of war, with people being slaughtered like chicken on a daily basis, even as unemployment, inflation and growing poverty in the land, have combined to cripple the nation.
Therefore, according to them, the time has come for the National Assembly to perhaps invoke that doctrine of necessity, that would pave the way to introducing a government of National Unity that could provide a war chest of wisdom that can “lead us to a new Nigeria”.
The statement was jointly signed by Prof. Pat Utomi, Prof. Anthony Kila, Femi Falana (SAN), Tola Mobolurin, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, Dr. Usman Bugaje, Dr. Muiz Banire(SAN), Dr. Isawa Dogo, Joe Atueyi, Bisi Olowoyo, Tola Mobolurin, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo.
The leaders lamented that the country was already crippled, adding that the time to raise the white flag and seek help from other countries has come. Our country is crippled.; our compatriots are being slaughtered like chickens all over the country. Insecurity has become the most interrogated phenomenon of our time and the result is clear for all to see”, they stated.
The leaders noted that Nigeria is already in a real state of emergency, noting that it is evident that the Robert Kaplan prediction of coming anarchy has arrived.
Continuing, the leaders declared that the time for bravado is over, and that “we must tell the world that we need help. “We must shout from the rooftops to the world that they need to come to our aid now or risk the cost of coming late as they did in Rwanda and lose more lives trying to flush out the undesirable in the interest of human solidarity in this our interconnected world, belatedly as was the case in Iraq.
“We support the call of Professor Wole Soyinka to seek external assistance ASAP, to prevent Nigeria from getting on a “one chance” transport on the road to Somalia”, it added.
The group called on leaders of thought across the land, traditional leaders, religious icons and elders of the nation in groups of past leaders to “rise in one accord to demand change right now”.