AMBASSADOR Gabriel Chukwuma Oyibode is the founder and chairman of Amb. Gabriel Chukwuma Etaoghenevwegba Oyibode foundation. In this interview he explains why President Goodluck Jonathan should run for a second term in office among other issues.
By CHARLES KUMOLU
Do you believe the president should seek another term and why?
Amidst all odds, the President has performed credibly well in the area of power and infrastructure development, youth empowerment/ Job Creation (U-WIN initiative, SUREP, and others) etc. I opined, he should be given another opportunity to complete the good works he has started.
Does the recent change in the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) portray good omen for the party come 2015 general election?
Yes, because the world is dynamic, therefore change is constant and the recent change in the leadership of PDP would be a good omen for the party come 2015 general election and beyond.
Please comment on the continued Boko Haram insurgence in the Northern part of the country.?
The aggrieved Boko Haram sects and perpetrators of insurgencies in the north are not spirits but humans. They should be bold and courageous enough to put their cards on the table of dialogue. I therefore urge every Boko Haram member to embrace peace, and if there is anything they are agitating for they should speak out to the government about it reasonably.
Do you think the chairman of INEC, Alhaji Atairu Jega has the credibility to handle the next general election given what happened in Anambra State recently?
Alhaji Attairu Jega is a seasoned professor and a man of integrity, I know he is very credible and has the obligation and passion to handle any situation with regards to elections in Nigeria. Though, there might be some short comings, but nobody has the monopoly of knowledge. I trust he will improve by the day.
Do you see Nigeria breaking up in 2015 after the general election as predicted by some pundits?
No! Nigeria will remain united. Because united we stand and divided we fall. Nigeria remains one indivisible entity since the amalgamation in 1914. No matter the dispute arising from various ethnicities, we remain one Nigeria.
Please tell us why the organization was established and how far it has affected the lives of Nigerians.?
To what extent do you think the administration in Delta State has affected the population in that state?
Delta under the administration of Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has done well and still hope to do more before the end of his tenure. Most applauded is the bursary scheme to Deltans, the Delta Beyond oil vision and the three point transformation agenda. Politics should not be a do or die affair. In life some loose and some win. Nigerian politicians should eschew the politics of bitterness and violence without which there can be no desired peace for sustainable development.
There is the call from Alhaji Adamu Muazu the new PDP chairman on the five defected Governors to come back to PDP. How do you see it?
It’s a good stride, I also urge the defected governors and party members to come back to PDP if possible; a kingdom that is divided against itself cannot stand. Therefore there is an absolute need for reconciliation. The Nigerian state is a project instituted by God.
Nigerians should eschew violence and politics of bitterness and seek peace for sustainable development. Everybody must realize that we need to build a united country because what we have now is an agglomeration of nation states. There is strength in unity. Therefore, we should all put aside our racial differences and ethnicities and pursue a common goal.