Nigeria in midst of undeclared war – Prof. Anya – The Sun Nigeria

By Gabriel Dike

Former Chairman of Nigerian Economic Summit Group, Prof. Anya. O. Anya, on Thursday declared that the country is currently experiencing an undeclared war, which has affected the social economy lives of Nigerians.

Prof Anya, who spoke in Lagos at the 21st Mike Okonkwo Annual Lecture, said, “we are in the midst of an undeclared war where the enemy is ill-defined and where the consciousness for a wartime environment is lacking.”

While the former Vice President of Nigeria under General Ibrahim Babangida, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe (retd), also revealed that Nigeria is intolerant, religious crisis, insecurity, and extreme poverty under the present administration.

Both spoke at Bishop Mike Okonkwo Annual Lecture, titled: “Nigeria: A country at war against itself” in honor of the 77th birthday of the presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), Bishop Mike Okonkwo.

Anya further stated that the future of the country is pregnant.

He described the problems of Nigeria as multi-dimensional and beset by a multitude of challenges such as mismanagement of diversity, security, inability to define national values, and also the inability to understand the competitive advantage.

Prof Anya said given the atmosphere of social alienation, the rule of fear, and total helplessness among the citizens while the government continues to wring its hands as if bereft of any capacity to guarantee the safety and security of the citizenry.

According to him, the country is faced with a multifaceted crisis such as security, economic, social, and leadership that are intertwined, complex, and often difficult to disentangle.

His words: “You cannot tackle the economic crisis, without a handle to the economic crisis, you cannot deal with the social crisis. Your capacity to deal with these crises depends on the leadership question.

“Since the emergence of the Boko Haram insurrection our security has progressively lost control of vast swathes of Nigerian territory”, adding that the government has continued to say they have been defeated and technically degraded.

“We had made the case earlier that we are in the midst of a national emergency of the gravest danger. We are in a war situation. The first task we must deal with is the state of our security. We need to recall and mobilize all the retired military and paramili8tary in our country.”

He suggested the need to put in place a strategic plan that aims to create a new environment for the selection, training, and development of the leadership elite.

Prof Anya said despite the cloud of despondency, evil, and hopelessness, a new Nigeria is rising on the horizon to be driven by a new crop of exceptional youth gifted in creative talents and values.

In his remarks, Ukiwe said he cannot think of a time when Nigeria faced these kinds of challenges that have divided the country.

He appealed to Bishop Okonkwo and other men of God to go on their knees and pray for God’s intervention in the affairs of the country.

The retired Naval Commodore asked the men of God to pray for peace, love, tolerance, and security in the country to avert further challenges.

Bishop Okonkwo said everybody is eager and looking forward to a new Nigeria, adding, “we suffered in the country. God has blessed Nigeria but we are wasting what we have.”

He continued: I believe God has a prophetic agenda for Nigeria. We are on the way and we are about to turn to the good things. Politics have divided Nigeria into ethnic and religious lines.

”We never give up hope on this country. We must not relocate to any country but we must fix it. If you relocate, who will fix it for us.”

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the problems of Nigeria should be shared among the leaders and the people.

Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Chieftaincy and Local Government Affairs, Mr. Bayo Osinyemi, tasked religious organizations to pray for God’s intervention. He described Bishop Okonkwo as pan Nigeria and a patriot.

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