…..Congratulates Muslims on Salah Celebration
By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
Professor of Sociology, University of Lagos, Professor Lai Olurode has said Nigeria has no excuse not to conduct elections in 2023 in spite of the huge security challenges facing the nation.
Prof. Olurode made the point in a chat with newsmen while congratulating Muslim faithful on the occasion of Sallah celebration.
Professor Olurode said despite the huge insecurity in the nation, he believes the body language of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and stakeholders connote there will be election in 2023.
He said: “The pointer you mentioned which is insecurity is very important, but I am sure with the current state of insecurity in the country, election will hold in 2023.
“I recalled that in 2015 despite the high insecurity in states like Borno and few others which were under the control of Book Haram then, an election was held. So, I don’t see any threat on that matter, and there can be no excuse for Nigeria not to hold election.”
While congratulating Muslim faithful on the Sallah celebration, Professor Olurode urged leaders of the country to imbibe obedience and sacrifice as measures to salvage the nation adding that the peace and stability of the nation is unnegotiable, urging that we all need to sacrifice more for the country.
He said: “Leaders like Adekunle Ajasin, Bisi Akande and Lateef Jakande administered the country to their best. They never owed anybody and they never started any project unless they were sure of something. Nigeria is blessed and I believe with concerted efforts geared toward peace and stability, the nation will rise again.”
According to him, in a material sense, God has blessed the country in such a way that it can go round, adding that the people needed not to take the mercy of God on the nation for granted.
“I have served the country both at the state and national levels. Nobody knows what the future holds for Nigeria, hence, reason we need to come together because the division we are craving for may not be a heaven on earth for either the Yoruba, Igbo’s and others.
“There is a purpose for God creating us to be together. God has been so kind to Nigeria. We should not take His mercy for granted,” he added.
Professor Olurode who berated the high spate of insecurity problems confronting the nation, said though, the government is trying its best but this has not brought satisfaction since nobody feels secured.
Speaking on the implications of arresting Yoruba activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, Professor Olurode said the manner the state handles him will portray the nation in a good or bad light.
“I will only caution that he should be treated with respect and with access to legal representation, and also, he should be accorded all the right as a citizen,” he said.