BreakingNews 9/10/16: Hon. Chuks Ibegbu Speaks On Nigeria Peace Project And Other National Issues

[ Masterweb Reports ] - Hon. Chuks Ibegbu is the Secretary General of Nigeria Unity Forum (NUF) and Executive Director of War Against Poverty In Nigeria (WAPIN). In this inverview with Nigeria Media Network, he speaks on the oncoming Peace In Nigeria Project by NUF and the War Against Poverty Workshop in the six geo-political zones of Nigeria and other national issues.

 


Q Sir, how do you see the state of the nation vis-a-vis the economy, politics and agitations everywhere.



A Well, in  a multi-ethnic and multi-religious nation  you cannot rule out some of these centrifugal tendencies and crisis . It all depends on how the leadership is able to manage it. There is nothing happening now that have not happened before. I believe if the leadership and the followership in the country patriotically work hard, show discipline and fear God, all these challenges will be a passing phase. We need patriots in leadership positions.



Q The Nigeria Unity Forum is planning a PEACE IN NGERIA PROJECT and the War Against Poverty in Nigeria, WAPIN is planning a Workshop in the six geo-political zones of Nigeria. What is the purpose of these programmes.



A The greatest challenge facing Nigeria today is insecurity , disunity and poverty. If these problems are tackled, other challenges will be taken care of. So the NUF decided to embark on a PEACE IN NIGERIAN PROJECT which will take it to all nooks and crannies of Nigeria to preach peace and unity to all Nigerians. Also the War Against Poverty , an NGO is organising anti-poverty workshop in all the geo-political zones of Nigeria with a view to eradicating the cankerworm in the country. Look, the resources in Nigeria is enough to take care of all Nigerians if well managed. We need to tolerate each other. Despite our diversity and challenges, Nigeria remains a better option to Biafra, Oduduwa, Arewa and Niger Delta republics. A working Nigeria is better than a working Biafra or Arewa, Niger Delta or Oduduwa. As for the poverty workshop, the gulf between the haves and the have nots is much. There is a lot of unemployment and underemployment in the country. Many Graduates are unemployable. The purpose of this workshop is to expose our youths and people to different opportunities that will enable them be self employed and live a better life.
 



Q Who are going to be the participants



A The participants will be youths, women, students and the general public.
 



Q How do you think the government can tackle the challenges of BOKO HARAM, BIAFRA AGITATION, NIGER DELTA MILITANCY, FULANI HERDSMEN AND THE SHIIITE PROTESTS  .


A I think Dialogue remains the best way to tackle the challenges you have mentioned . Force can never solve the challenges. All human crisis on earth have ended up in the roundtable and the ones you have mentioned are not exception. I want to call on all agitators for one thing or another in Nigeria to embrace Dialogue. The federal government should not be obtuse and fixated in its stand on these agitations. The agitators are Nigerians and they have to be listened to no matter what they are talking.


Q The federal government is thinking of selling our national assets. What is your take on that.



A My take on that is that the National Asset of the country belongs to all Nigerians and should not be sold without a national consensus. Be that as it may there is also no doubt that most of these assets are not well managed. We have to strike a balance between privatisation and commercialisation within the ambit of the collective decision of Nigerians.


Q Some people are calling for restructuring of Nigeria and the implementation of the 2014 National Conference resolutions. What is your take on that.


A  Personally to me I think we need to restructure our mindset first . Many Nigerians reason awkwardly so we have first to restructure our mindset and before physical restructuring. Yet , I believe that some resolutions of the 2014 CONFAB will leapfrog the nation if implemented. For instance the issue of Social Security for Nigerians, the cost of governance, local government creation and funding . rotation of power etc are germane to the nation among others. I believe at the nick of time the present regime will look into the report of the CONFAB  and consider those worthy to be implemented.



THANK YOU MR. IBEGBU



A You are welcome

 

*Photo Caption - Hon. Chuks Ibegbu

 
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