By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRIâ€”After taking a hard look at the nationâ€™s precarious political situation, maverick Oguta-born politician, Senator Arthur Nzeribe, has said thatÂ â€œthe military should strike if they think the environment is ripe for that.â€
Nzeribe, who made his position known, while addressing newsmenÂ in Owerri, also said that the nationâ€™s relation with the military was precarious.
â€œWho are the people turning the screw from the background? We talk of the cabal. Which cabal? The bubble will soon burst. We should not bribe or intimidate the army with carrot sticks. Let the military be the judge,â€ Nzeribe said.
According him, â€œwe have bastardized, crippled, slaughtered and raped democracy,â€ stressing that “in the process, we corrupted the judiciary”.
While waiting for the bubble to burst, Nzeribe urged Acting President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, to â€œcarefully source young, tested, resourceful and committed men for constructive engagement in the pursuit of his challenging task.â€
On President Umaru Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s absence for the past three months, Nzeribe said it offered Nigerians “an opportunity to test our resolve and maturity as a people,Â who are ready to live within the dictates of democracy.”
â€œFor how long can we go on the basis of such rationalizations? Have we not made a mistake that will cost us future political undertakings? Is it not better to halt now, take stock, correct our mistakes before moving ahead? My humble view is that we have entered a constitutional trap, which may prove difficult to come out from,â€ Nzeribe said.