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Anxiety Over Post-2015 Nigeria

| December 1, 2013 More

• Investor Nations Jittery, Launch ‘Security Research’

• Fasehun Asks G-7 Govs To Resign

• State Govs Action In Order, Says Lai Mohammed 

Nigeria’s western allies are not leaving anything to chance as to what the security situation in the country would be before and after the 2015 general elections.  

   The Guardian gathered that some of the embassies that have strong socio-economic ties and investments in Nigeria have already launched all-out investigations to feel the pulse of the people and ascertain the level of vulnerabilities in key city centres, including Lagos and Abuja.

  They are also investigating the possibility of holding peaceful presidential elections, in which all parties would accept the verdict of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), especially with the new arrangement in party politics. 

    These concerns were heightened by the cross carpeting of five governors of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party to strengthen the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead 2015.

    A ‘safety analyst’ engaged by one of the countries said that the concerns also derive from the intermittent, but unofficial, rumour that the dreaded Boko Haram sect may be planning to infiltrate Lagos.  According to him, inquiries are based on the fears of urban centre residents and whether, or not, there are plans for reprisals in event of attack.  

     The foreign analyst, who also works for his country’s High Commission in Abuja,” told The Guardian in Lagos that he had also reported security issues in Afghanistan and Pakistan before being redeployed to Nigeria. 

  “My country has huge investments in Nigeria, you know, and we just need to know what the security challenges, especially in Lagos are,” he said, disclosing that his job is to report back to his country developments regarding security in Nigeria. 

    It was also gathered that the expert later met with some key stakeholders to get their views on the situation in the country.  

   The inquiries are coming on the heels of heated political atmosphere occasioned by the decampment of  the five  PDP governors, as well; as the fallout of the Delta Central Senatorial election and the November 16 governorship election in Anambra State for which a supplementary election was held yesterday in two local councils.  

    The ‘research fellows’, it was learnt, often worked in subtle disguise. 

  Confirming the concerns being expressed by international investor nations, Dr. Fredrick Fasehun, founder of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), said a group of foreign journalists had visited him on Friday to ask questions about safety of their countries’ investments in Nigeria

  Fasehun insisted that the international community have reasons to worry about their investments and relationship with Nigeria. 

 He said: “By pitching tent with the APC, the defecting governors have introduced a higher level of instability. If they were courageous enough, they would have resigned and re-faced the people. Of course, it poses security issues post 2015.

   Declining to give details of which countries in North America his interviewers came from, Fasehun, however, disclosed that the “journalists” expressed deep concern on behalf of their countries. 

   He said they are worried about upgrading the level of their investments, in case there is instability in 2015.

  “They were frightened about increasing investment possibility and even the safety of existing investments,” said Fasehun.

   But Mr. Lai Mohammed, the APC’s acting publicity secretary, picked holes in Fasehun’s position.  Wondering under what provision of Nigeria’s Constitution the governors would have resigned, Mohammed insisted that their action, rather than destabilise the polity, has created more stability in the country. He argued that, with the defection of the governors and other members of the New PDP to his APC, Nigerians would now have two major political parties from which to make informed choices. 

     According to the APC scribe, there were instances of opposition party governors moving to the PDP in the past without losing their seats.

     He cited former Imo State Governor, Ikedi Ohakin, who moved from the Peoples Progressives Alliance (PPA) to the PDP. He also reminded Nigerians about the Bauchi State Governor, Isa Yuguda, who cross-carpeted from the ANPP to the PDP. 

    Another example is the Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, who also left the PPA for the ruling PDP.

   “So, under which law were the G-7 governors supposed to have resigned?,” Mohammed queried.

“The Constitution is very clear on this. A governor can move from one party to the other.”

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