Boko Haram: party wants Nigeria to seek help from friendly nations

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau

The party lamented the low voter turnout in Abuja elections.

The newly-registered United Progressive Party, UPP, wants the Federal Government to invite friendly nations with relevant technology to assist it in combating crimes and terrorism in the country.

Rising from its second National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting, the party frowned at what it described as “the absence of security of lives and property of Nigerian citizens,” regretting that the huge budgetary provision to combat violent crimes and terrorism in the country has not reflected in the state of security of the Nigerian people.

“Life has become short and brutish. The Federal and State Governments as well as all the security agencies have not lived up to expectation in this regard,” the party’s communiqué signed by its chairman, Chekwas Okorie, and Secretary, Bello Umar, said.

“NEC strongly recommends the invitation of friendly nations with proven record of acquisition of relevant technology to assist the government with the provision of modern technology and expertise to combat violent crimes and terrorism.”

The party also said that the Federal Government appears to have surrendered to the scourge of corruption especially in high places as “public and political officers have failed to lead by example in the fight against corruption.”

It lamented the increasing youth unemployment and the attendant restiveness and social vices, stressing that the country is already showing signs of failure.

UPP expressed worry about the increasing voter apathy in Nigeria, as depicted by the just concluded Area Council election in the Federal Capital Territory.

According to the party, in the Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, election, 13 political parties which fielded candidates scored aggregate votes of 28.000 out of 477,000 registered voters in the council, adding that the development shows that Nigerians are losing confidence in the democratic process.

It called on the government, the Independent National Electoral Commission, and political parties to be equally concerned.

“NEC noted with great concern the continuous detachment of Nigerians from the democratic process. The 13 political parties that participated in the AMAC election scored an aggregate votes of 28,000 (twenty eight thousand) out of a total of 477,000 registered voters in AMAC.

“This is equivalent to six percent participation of registered voters in AMAC. The AMAC election does not meet the minimum qualification for legitimacy.

“The government of Nigeria, the National Assembly, INEC, Political Parties and the Nigerian people should be worried at the trend that suggests in clear terms that Nigerians have lost total confidence in the democratic process. This in the opinion of NEC is dangerous,” the party said.

To restore confidence in the electoral process, UPP said there is a compelling need by the legislature to empower INEC to commence the application of the electronic voting system in subsequent elections, insisting “the confidence of Nigerians in the electoral process and in our democracy must be restored without further delay, to avoid the dangers that lie ahead.”

The party, however, commended its candidates in AMAC, Chambers Okorie and Danladi Iliya and the 12 councillorship candidates for participating in the election. It noted that by their participation, they have become the first candidates of the party to fly our party’s flag in any democratic contest in Nigeria since its registration five months ago by INEC.

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