The People’s Redemption Party, (PRP), has suggested a Marshal Plan of an intervention as a way out of the current social stalemate. This is so that youth agitations would not degenerate into ethnic, religious and regional mayhem.
The People’s Redemption Party, (PRP) and ActionAid Nigeria are the latest to add their voice in separate statements made available to Intervention, with the international NGO, (AAN) warning governments and politicians against using young Nigerians for political gain. It is its own way of insisting on investigation of what it calls those who smuggled hoodlums to disrupt the peaceful protests, attack their fellow citizens and destroy properties.
Although the PRP is not convinced that the Buhari administration and even the Nigerian ruling class have got what it takes to resolve the present crisis, it nevertheless wants to see something done urgently to fray nerves. For the party, the Marshal Plan it is suggesting as a way of containing the explosive unemployment dimension of the crisis would go along with declaration of a state of emergency in education, skills acquisition and manpower development sector with guaranteed increased funding, short and medium term massive public works rehabilitation of infrastructural facilities.
The PRP is advising the government to use the massive loans being acquired to fund these interventions.
Acknowledging that the APC might have inherited some of the present problems, the PRP is, however, saying that the APC has undoubtedly done little or nothing to assuage worsening insecurity, increasing poverty, unemployment, crime and infrastructural decay. The upheaval is a direct consequence of utter failure of governance in this country, declared the PRP.
AAN, on its part, said in a statement signed by AAN Country Director, Ene Obi, that such people must be investigated and brought to justice. Governments at all levels must allow youths to stand united for the country and desist from manipulating religious and ethno-regional differences.
AAN also would want to see definite timelines for government’s responses to the demands of the youth, insisting on “clear-cut responses to all demands of the protestors”.
Frontally commending the resilience it says the youths have demonstrated in raising their voices against injustice and demanding for good governance within the past few weeks “amidst the violence that has trailed peaceful protests”, AAN is also renewing the organization’s commitment to support young Nigerians to take their space and ensure good governance.