National Chairman of the United Progressives Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie, has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari administration of dividing Nigeria.
Okorie faulted the speech by President Buhari on the 57th independence anniversary, stating that the president failed to make use of the opportunity to correct his false start.
The UPP chairman speaking with New Telegraph said, “Buhari started very badly by alienating people, especially the people of the South-East, who he claimed didn’t vote for him.
“Again, this is the middle of his four-year tenure and I thought that his speech on a day like the independence anniversary should have been reconciliatory, reassuring and urging the citizens to come together for a brighter future.
“But he missed that opportunity. Nigeria is more divided now than any time in recent history. From independence to this day, Nigeria has not been this divided and it is as a result of the failure of the present leadership.
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The former presidential aspirant added further that the repercussion for President Buhari’s speech would be seen during the 2019 general election.
He said, “But, I do believe that there would be political consequences for this failure and it will reflect in the 2019 general elections” .
He consequently gave a way out, “The way forward is to bring about justice by restructuring Nigeria and every well meaning Nigerian has said it.
“Even my party, the United Progressive Party (UPP) has gone beyond restructuring to emphasise self-determination to the extent that it is in our constitution, which was ratified at a national convention.
“Any moment from now, Nigerians will stop talking about restructuring and move to the next level, which is self-determination. At that point, we may be saying bye to corporate Nigeria.”