By Olasunkanmi Akoni and Monsur Olowoopejo
All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential aspirant and publisher of the Leadership Newspapers, Chief Sam Nda-Isiah,, said the chaos at the National Assembly on Thursday, which the Speaker of the House of Representatives and some members were prevented from gaining entrance into the Assembly chamber was a clear indication for the need of urgent positive change in the nation’s polity in 2015.
Nda-Isiah, who made the remarks during a courtesy visit to Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State at Lagos House, Alausa Ikeja, added that the kind of brigandage displayed at the assembly was unprecedented.
According to the APC presidential hopeful, “As the country moves toward the next general elections, it is becoming increasingly clear to Nigerians that there is need for a positive change.
“I am sure that many are aware of what happened in Abuja today, the kind of brigandage, very embarrassing situation. Total breakdown of law and order, an impunity taken to a level that one could not imagine in this country. That is why there must be change in this country.
“As I have been saying, we are just three months away from change. By the grace of God we must ensure that, for the sake of our country and the generation yet unborn, because we have to rescue this country and that is what Nigerians are asking for.”
The Leadership publisher however, commended Lagos State Government for fighting Ebola Virus Disease to a standstill, saying, “One cannot imagine the level of epidemics the virus would have caused had it not been that it first landed in Lagos.”
He said: “I have had cause to tell with sincerity, that we had the opportunity of dealing with Ebola, what could have happened if Ebola had not entered through Lagos where we had effective leadership. We must commend you for working effectively to ensure that the Ebola virus didn’t wreck havoc on the state.”
Responding, Fashola said, “And what is important is to continue to keep the issues that inform change alive. The issues of insecurity, infrastructure deficit that we must overcome, poor governance alluding to issues of impunity in the country.
“They manifest as a result of bad governance. We must keep those issues in the front burner to remind Nigerians of the necessity for democratic change and it is important to continue to make that point as well. This is the time that Nigerians must decide and demonstrate that they can take the destiny by changing what clearly doesn’t work for them.
“It is not the same thing as when we wait for eight years for a bad government to leave and then we elect something that will bring change. This is the time when it gives us the big opportunity to step up like other countries which can change their government because the person has performed below expectation.
“Choices will have consequences and if we fail to make the choices at this time, we may regret it.
“I think what you and other aspirants of APC are demonstrating is leadership in trouble times. I think by throwing your heart into the ring and by standing to be counted, you have indicated clearly that this nation is not without patriots, people who stood up to be counted especially at a time when it seems that dark cloud gathered.
“That is for me, haven run a government here with big responsibility in its self. At state level, I know what it takes to seek to hold the office of governor if one is serious. And I can only imagine the multiplication of that at presidential level as I do that of the other aspirants. I wish you the best and I wish that the best person emerge from a process that we determine to make a model of probity and transparency.”