A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Francis Dike, on Tuesday said that insecurity in the South-East zone was politically motivated.
Dike, a professor of law and former Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice in Imo State, who spoke to journalists in Owerri, said that the federal government had a constitutional mandate to ensure that the 2023 general elections hold.
The octogenarian asked Nigerians to hold the FG responsible if elections didn’t hold next year.
Reacting to the attack on the state headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Dike said, “There will be election and if none, it is the fault of the Federal Government. It has a duty to maintain the constitutionality of the federation and the pivot is elections.
“People should believe we’re going to have elections. This is what happened sometime ago when the good ones said there might not be election and withdrew from the political arena, and we had some ragamuffin voted in.
“We have a situation where people are going off in all directions, it’s one of the problems in the Southeast, our society was hijacked by mediocrities politically and we are still suffering it today. It’s only recently that you have some people coming out with a philosophical argument. But if you look well, it’s the dregs of the society”.
“We may have a few we can write home about, but the others are just a gang of ragamuffin, and that has filtered into the general society.
“We cannot understand how some young men, we don’t know their backgrounds, education but presumably being tele-guided by some political parties, let us face it. You cannot say there will not be election and you want to enforce it by violence. There must be an election, I think I believe that.
“I was counsel to then Senate President and if he tells you the class of people representing Southeast, you will cry. People who are chasing visas to travel when there are issues to be addressed.”