A Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Chima Nweze has said that if the constitutional provisions dealing with disqualification for elective offices are properly utilised, the number of hoodlums vying for political offices in Nigeria will reduce,
Justice Nweze stated this during the inaugural ceremony of Old Seminarians Association of Nigeria (OSAN) at the weekend in Abuja.
Nweze while delivering a keynote address titled, ‘Age Quod Agis: the Route to National Cohesion and Integration’ said the constitutional provision had already exposed sundry miscreants vying for political offices but noted that enforcement was lacking.
He said Priests and other Christian organizations must stand up to the task of appointing credible leaders worthy of emulation in political offices.
According to Justice Nweze, Christians must no longer remain aloof and indifferent to corrupt leadership which have inflicted so much pain on the people and divided the people along ethnic, religious, political and ideological lines.
He said “the division came had come with serious suspicion, distrust, and hatred among the diverse citizens”
Nweze noted that efforts towards national integration as a national interest and project in Nigeria was challenged by corruption, baseless party politics and insecurity, warning that citizens needed to think beyond primordia interests.
Instead, what was required of the citizens, was to think beyond those differences and focus on things that could propel the nation into maximising its potentials towards greatness.
He noted that without love encapsulated in good neighbourliness being imbibed by the citizens, the different components that made up the country would persist as dividing factors.
He also called on the Nigerian Church to espouse “the evangelisation of human structures”. which according to him, refers to a new approach to confront the injustices ravaging the economic, social and political lives of the people.
“The question now is: how can the Nigerian Church achieve this without embarking on political activism.
” As we noted elsewhere, political philosophers have identified corrupt political leadership as the ultimate albatross of political life in Nigeria,” he said.
Meanwhile, the President of the Association (OSAN) Chinedu Akubueze while congratulating members at the inaugural ceremony, admonished the Old Seminarians to continue to use their God-given gifts to affect lives positively and contribute their quota to national development, especially in the political scene.
He said, “we are going to harness the potentials from this varied and various Nigerians from diverse parts of the country who are Catholics and who are old seminarians to attempt at making some impact in the scenario that is presently playing out in the Nigerian Political and Social sphere”.
On his part, human rights lawyer, Femi Falana said the security challenges facing the country had shown that the federal government lacked the capacity to police the country.
The human rights lawyer said he supports state and local government policing, saying that that was the way to go.
He noted that the country needed 500,000 police personnel to police the country effectively, whereas Nigeria has less than a million police personnel to man the security of citizens.