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Pat Utomi identifies threats ‘suffocating’ Nigeria’s democracy, legitimacy

Pat Utomi, the leader of the National Consultative Front, NCfront, has highlighted some issues that threaten the legitimacy of Nigeria’s democratic order.

Utomi said violence, corruption, a challenging economy, disastrous state of both education and health care system are “suffocating” Nigeria’s democratic order.

In a statement he signed, Utomi warned that if those trends were not checked, it could spell doom for Nigeria’s legitimacy and democracy.

According to Utomi: “I have noted some unpleasant trends which if unchecked threaten the legitimacy of the Nigerian State and its democratic order.

“Our goal is to check the slide and restore popular trust in Democratic way as well as in our institutions, currently being suffocated by the politics of State capture and power erosion with attendant consequences, which include violence in Nigeria at large, which begs the question of the traditional definition of the State as the sovereign with a monopoly of (lawful) use of violence.

“Equally threatening the social order and state legitimacy are widespread culture of corruption, the gulf between Government and the people as well as the state and society. Challenging economy, even as we approach the end of the age of crude oil, others are failing state-owned enterprises, and the disastrous state of both education and health care among a variety of other challenges are critical issues requiring urgent citizens’ engagements.

“These matters are beyond partisan but all constitute existential threat to Nigeria as a nation. Most of us believe that to solve these problems and save our dear nation from these leadership pandemic, all citizens ought to take ownership of the problems and act in ways that can lead to their resolution.

“However, many presently do not act as citizens for a variety of reasons. We, therefore, believe the first duty of enlightened leadership is to wake up the citizen.”

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