Chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC, and Director-General Voice of Nigeria, VON, has blamed the unabated wave of kidnappings and insecurity in the country on the anti-people policy foisted on Nigeria by the International Monetary Fund, IMF.
The VON DG stressed that the insecurity challenge Nigeria faces today is the outcome of Extreme-Poverty planted in 1986 by the IMF Structural Adjustment Programme, SAP.
Okechukwu posited that SAP sowed the inhuman seed which gave birth to insecurity and calls for introspection and deep reflection on how we became the World Poverty Capital and how best to exit fast.
Reacting to the argument that the APC has failed to curb the general insecurity in Nigeria as promised, Mr Osita Okechukwu said, “Yes we of the APC pledged to fix security in our dear country in every particular matter.
Thats our pledge, and to be honest we are deploying billions of Naira and every material and human resources to contain it. However, we are confronted with Extreme-Poverty planted in 1986 by the IMF Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP). The day SAP was born was the day the gross economic inequality and insecurity in Nigeria was born. It has badly mutated since 1986.”
“Economic inequality breeds extreme-poverty, hate, division and hostile insecurity, in countries wherever it is allowed to thrive throughout history. To be exact no matter how much trillions of Naira we spend on military hardware, or how many times we change Security Chiefs, with Extreme-Poverty security will remain a mirage.”
“Whereas am neither canvassing for Marxism nor Socialism; we must accept that ours is a primitive economy which requires primary solution.
Okechukwu, who stated this in a statement released Sunday and titled: “INSECURITY IN NIGERIA: CHALLENGING CRISIS OF EXTREME-POVERTY”, said the primary solution is to return to Mixed Economy model; clearly stated in Section 16(2)(c) of 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria interalia, “that the Economic System is not operated in such a manner as to permit the concentration of Wealth and Means of Production and Exchange in the hands of few individuals or of a group.
“We violently breached the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy of our Constitution. Regrettably, everyday we widen economic inequality, because government owned enterprises we privatised like Electricity failed. The Electricity Distribution Companies we privatised rather than improve electricity distribution still siphon billions from government treasury. The glaring result is the paradox of a nebulous economic system which produced the richest African and produced World Poverty Capital.”
“Truly, Nigeria’s security problem is that we run an artificial economic model, where there is an ocean of poor people and island of rich people. The opaque system created banks which make billions of profit annually and operate poverty induced Shylock Interest Rates.” Okechukwu lamented.
He averred that rather than engage in blame game, Nigeria should return to Mix-economy model and dish out the nebulous economic policy that government has no business in business.
“Government has business in business because we the people are the business in a primitive economy like ours. As long as we live under the illusion of a developing country, so long our inequality widens, so long our poverty widens and insecurity widens.” Okechukwu quipped.
“Indeed unless we curb Extreme-Poverty in the land, insecurity will remain an existential challenge. Extreme-Poverty is the obstacle we inherited when in 1986 we embarked on IMF Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP).”
When asked whether Social Investment Programme and other poverty alleviation initiatives have not addressed his Mixed Economy model, Okechukwu answered that federal, state and local councils needed to invest heavily more than is done presently in electricity, roads, railways, agriculture and social infrastructure like education and health, even if it entails more borrowing.
The VON DG expressed that Nigeria can forge national unity and progress out of the insecurity challenge, if she invest heavily in physical and social infrastructure and ensure that the means of production, exchange, profit and property are not concentrated in few pockets.
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