Pres­sures on fledg­ling pres­i­dency

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

The news that Bakassi Strike Force over­ran C’River lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas and re­port­edly formed a par­al­lel gov­ern­ment by de­mand­ing in­clu­sion in Amnesty is dis­heart­en­ing to say the least.

The Niger Delta Avengers have upped their ante in de­stroy­ing the na­tion’s eco­nomic main­stay and co­pi­ously ob­fus­cat­ing the essence of any sen­si­ble ne­go­ti­a­tion. The most in­cred­i­ble ac­tion of all is the hog­gish strike ac­tion ini­ti­ated by PENGASSAN which im­pu­dently dis­coun­te­nances the mood of the na­tion and the ex­pe­di­ency of na­tional tra­jec­tory to press for self-in­fat­u­ated sec­toral grat­i­fi­ca­tions.

The afore­men­tioned pres­sure mounted on a fledg­ling pres­i­dency set on repo­si­tion­ing Nige­ria on the path of re­nais­sance is not ex­haus­tive. The cor­rupt elites are not com­fort­able with the thriv­ing an­ti­cor­rup­tion cam­paign have seized both elec­tronic and the print me­dia to di­vert at­ten­tion from the sub­stance of gov­er­nance to the pedes­trian fringe of re­struc­tur­ing.

The ac­tiv­i­ties the deranged Niger Delta Avengers, the crim­i­nal de­ter­mi­na­tion of the Bakassi Strike Force, the bel­liger­ent strug­gle of Boko Haram and the deaf­en­ing deci­bels of re­struc­tur­ing have com­bined to rep­re­sent a last ditch ve­nal on­slaught of the klep­to­ma­ni­a­cal mafia to undo the coun­try.

Bukola Ajisola, Oyin Jo­layemi street, Vic­to­ria Is­land, Lagos

buky­many@ya­ of

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