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Senator (Professor) Olusola AdeyeyeWarns Against Revolution in Nigeria

May 2, 2012

A member of the Senate, Professor Olusola Adeyeye, has warned that if pragmatic steps are not taken by political leaders in the country, the current situation in the country might lead to a bloody revolution.

He said this during an interactive session with journalists in Osogbo on Tuesday.

Professor Adeyeye, listed issues such as the unresolved Boko Haram problem, the ongoing probe of oil subsidy and the previous ones such as power, Transcorp, privatisation of government’s companies and others as some of the issues capable of throwing the nation into serious crisis, if not properly handled.

He also supported the view of the National Security Adviser (NSA), General Andrew Azazi, who blamed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the menace of the dreaded Islamic sect.

He noted that the PDP had been the greatest beneficiary of power, having been at the top since the civilian government started in 1999. According to him, the Boko Haram sect was not the only threat to democracy but also a threat to the survival of Nigeria.

“I am really impressed with the NSA for having the gut to say what he said about the PDP. General Aziza is not somebody that is known for making reckless statement. Because of his past records and because of his length of training and years in the office, I wish to give him the benefit of doubt that he knows what he is saying,” he stated.

“Until there is any evidence to the contrary, I think I believe everything that the NSA had said because the PDP has been the greatest beneficiary of power since the advent of this democratic republic in 1999,” he added.

Senator Adeyeye did warn the executive arm of government not to attempt to sweep the report of the probe panel of the House of Representatives Committee on Fuel Subsidy under the carpet as done to previous ones, saying that it was too late to hide anything from the public.

He attributed the dominance of the PDP at the National Assembly to be the major factor, while those who are indicted in the previous probe panels have not been prosecuted.

“If we don’t get it right this time around, Nigerian leaders may be consumed by revolution mere coercion and intimidation are not enough to keep the people together. My prayer is that Nigerian leaders will get their heart together if we don’t do that now I don’t rule out the possibility of a revolution.

“Nigerian people have been taking for granted for too long because the system has not done enough to address the problems of this nation,” he added.

Culled from Nigerian Tribune of Wednesday 2nd May 2012

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