April 19, 2024

Group Calls For Restructuring of Nigeria, Condemns Killing of Deborah Samuel

Group Calls For Restructuring of Nigeria, Condemns Killing of Deborah Samuel

A group of elders, under the aegis of Civil Consciousness Global Initiative (CCGI), has called for the restructuring of Nigeria.

Speaking during a press briefing tagged: “State of the Nation” on Wednesday, May 18, in Lagos, the Chairman of the group, Professor Idowu Shobowale, said that some of the things that have been happening in the nation in the past few years have been very worrisome.

He added that “insecurity has reached its highest level in our history as a nation. The event that lead to the Nigerian civil war seem like child’s play compared with the present happenings.”

The briefing, he said, served as a pointer to the problems of forced unity in the country which he said is being ruled with two constitutions in one, and gave an example of Ms. Deborah Samuel, who was murdered in Sokoto for allegedly blaspheming Prophet Muhammed.

Prof. Shobowale said that “of concern is the deteriorating value for human life. The Sokoto killing, unlike many others before the advent of technology, didn’t save us from a video that caused psychosocial trauma, we are indeed traumatized.”

Chairman, CCGI, Prof. Idowu Shobowale

“The killing of Deborah Samuel, a 200 level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, speaks volume of our constitution, rule of law and administration of justice.

“We stand in shame with you before the global community! We therefore, condemn the killing of Deborah Samuel.

“We also need to call the attention of the global community to the protest for the release of certain persons, who were arrested in connection with the crime.

“Well meaning Muslims have come out to condemn the killing,” he said.

The former Lagos Commissioner said that it is sad that arms of equal military sizes are in the hands of non state actors, enemies of the nation’s sovereignty for whom, he said a more strategic decisive action is still being expected from President Muhammadu Buhari and his entire security apparatus.

The Professor emeritus however, said that there is hope of a better and greater country, saying that the president has assurances “of our prayers for your person and office, trusting the Lord will grant you a happy ending of your tenure in 2023.”

He stressed that the practice of Islam in Nigeria is more political than religious, and that the mob in the video and those who went out to protest “against the civility of the Governor and the Sultan are intellectually incapable of electoral decision.”

“If persons to be voted into offices require a level of educational qualification, it is needful that those to decide that fate must have an aligning level of knowledge,” he said.

In the case of Deborah, according to Shobowale, diverse as the many faces in the video are, are reasons for which the blue murder was committed.

“The question it raises however is for the constitution to answer and for your office to defend. Our sympathy will be for your office if the 1999 constitution, as amended, has no answer.

From left: Host, Bishop Funsho Awe; Rev’d Aderibigbe Adegbola; Chairman, Prof. Idowu Shobowale; General Secretary, Dr. Julius Odofin; and Assistant General Secretary, Dr. Bolaji Akinyemi

“The question on the lips of many people is when will the next one happen? There is lack of hope in us as a nation, and we must rise to disappoint those who have the urge to continue to kill senselessly.

“We therefore want to make the following recommendations in the immediate:

“The arrested initiators in her class and their army of collaborators, who took the law into their hands to kill Deborah, must be brought to book.

“We can’t feign ignorance of separation that Islam expected between male and female, nor are we ready to be pretentious about the right of every Christian, may we therefore recommend that Christian students be exclusively given their faith educational facility, where an opportunity of ignorantly annoying the faith of Muslim colleagues would not exist.

“Give Nigerians ONE mutually agreed CONSTITUTION where peace and justice truly reign,” he said.

Also speaking during the briefing with our correspondent, Assistant General Secretary of the group, Dr. Bolaji Akinyemi stated that CCGI comprise elders, who have worked and retired.

He said that they are resting, but that they needed younger ones who could run around for them, expressing the belief that he is a steward.

According to him, this is not the best of times for our country (Nigeria), and if we don’t have any other country, we should be concerned about it, and bring up our mind and proffer solutions
to what the problems are, that’s the essence of today’s meeting.

From left: Host, Bishop Funsho Awe; Rev’d Aderibigbe Adegbola; and Chairman, Prof. Idowu Shobowale

“CCGI is basically concerned about how people could actively participate in the running of a government from the word civil and civic. We want to initiate a process, where Nigerians would understand that governance is about people and particularly that democracy is the government of the people by the people, and for the people.

“Most of the situation we have had in the past, we understand that a cliché of the persons are representing us, and they are carrying on without bridging the gap between them and the people.

“Therefore, what CCGI is trying to do is to create an awareness among the people that they are actually the government,” he said.

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