The President, Campaign for Democracy, Joe Okei-Odumakin, has challenged the president, Goodluck Jonathan, to disclose the identities of members of his cabinet he alleged to be part of the insurgent sect – Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad, widely known as Boko Haram.
Mrs. Okei-Odumakin says such a disclosure by Mr. Jonathan’s disclosure will demonstrate his commitment to fighting the spate of bombings in the country.
The CD president spoke as guest lecturer at the first edition of the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists’ annual lecture, urging the president to stop ‘cosmetic approaches’ in solving the bombing activities. She held that dialogue should be used as one of ways in tackling the sect’s insurgence.
Ms. Odumakin lamented the serious security in the land despite the huge sum of money voted to ensure safety in the country.
Mrs. Odumakin called on all Nigerians to support the government in its fight against terrorism. “Nigeria is now in the intensive care unit with all the symptoms of a failed State because of bad leadership.” An optimistic Mrs. Odumakin said that in spite of the challenges confronting the country, there is hope for the nation.
“Nigeria today is ranked as one of the twenty poorest nations of the world despite the fact that it is the world’s seventh largest producer of petroleum and gas,” she said. “The tragedy of Nigeria is pervasive pathology. Its leadership selection process excludes its best while celebrating mediocrity.”
She said that Nigerians must reject the abysmal state the country has degenerated to because “a better life is possible”.
Earlier in his welcome speech, Chairman of the Correspondents Chapel, Kehinde Akinyemi said “the theme of the maiden lecture was borne out of the genuine measure to ensure that peace reign supreme in our dear country. Peace is a basic requirement in any democracy; no democracy can flourish in the absence of peace”.
“We all know the role of the media but how have we feared in the quest to have good governance in all tiers of government, particularly in this period where insecurity has assumed a worrisome dimension.
“We are of the strong conviction that Journalists can use the power of the mass media to evolve good governance even in the midst of glooming insecurity” Mr. Akinyemi said.