A group, the Southern Nigerian Ethnic Self-determination Alliance (SNESA), has expressed disappointment that 13 years after the country returned to democratic rule, majority of its citizens are still living in poverty with various degrees of crises facing them daily.
The group insisted that the government had not improved on the lives of its citizens or in any way restore the battered image of the nation.
SNESA President, Mr. Adekunle Adesokan, in a press briefing in Lagos yesterday noted that at present, extreme poverty, deprivation and mutual suspicion from different ethnic groups are threatening the country, which if left unchecked, will see it tearing apart.
“Since independence in 1960, Nigerian have faced the challenges of keeping the country together because of poverty and unending mutual suspicion and animosities deeply rooted in different ethnic groups.
“Since 1999, when Nigeria returned to civil rule after years of military maladministration, nothing has improved, and it does not seem that anything fundamental will change in the country.
“The events of the past few months are even more alarming with clear indication that violence, killings may not abate. All these ills are accompanied by corruption, nepotism, bribery and crass opportunism of the ruling elites.”
Blaming insecurity in the country on plans by some cabals to disrupt President Goodluck Jonathan administration, as well as intimidate Nigerians into submission to the whims of the tiny section, Adesokan said: “We have been compelled to believe the theory of the conspiracy of the North propagated by the first Premier of the North, Sir Ahmadu Bello, that “the new nation called Nigeria should be an estate of our great grandfather, Uthman Dan Fodio.
“We must therefore prevent a change of power and violent overthrow of democratic institutions which are their plans to impose their own cronies as they have been doing since 1966.”