Shehu Sani While speaking at a national conference organized by the Freelance and Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria (FIBAN) on Thursday, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, Senator Shehu Sani, declared that all is not well with Nigeria, saying the nation leaders are insensitive to the plights of the citizenry.
The senator who represents Kaduna Central noted that politicians are much more concerned with re-election into office in 2019 than addressing the wanton killings of Nigerians in some parts of the country.
Speaking on the theme of the conference: “Politics, Media and National Integration- Before 2019 Nigeria,” Sani called for peaceful protest by Nigerians across the country to reawaken the consciousness of the leaders towards good governance.
He described his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) as reluctant ruling party and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as timid opposition.
He said, “All is not well with this country. This is the wrong time to shed blood in Nigeria. If you think that people in power will stop the problem in the country, you are in for a fool’s ride. The attention of people is how to win elections and not how they can end senseless killings and bloodshed.
“It would require a mass, peaceful march in the streets from Nigerians to recharge the conscience of people in power. Nigerians are dying in hundreds and in thousands and some people felt what is important is INEC timetable, when is elections and when is primaries.
“It is difficult to hear any public office holder speak the truth because of political calculations. Anybody who says we are not in crisis now is deceiving himself.”
He submitted that there is no ideological difference between the two parties.
“We are only differentiated by names. The PDP came into existence because there is a need to have a national party that will take over from the military. The APC came into power to de-establish the PDP and drive Jonathan out of power and in the process, we have all sorts of people.
“When I see some of my colleagues trying to come into our party, I ask them: have you find out how those of us in the party are fairing? Most of you will end up from Syria to Afghanistan. All is not well with this country,” he added.
He, therefore, challenged the media to provide veritable platforms to resolve the various issues confronting the country. “We have come a long way to establish this democracy and we must not let this democracy die because some people died to enthrone this democracy. People should be elected based on their individual qualities,” he added.