Professor Pat Utomi, has on Tuesday, in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, said that there is a strong possibility that the forthcoming general elections in 2019, may not hold.
The Don who stated this at the 70th Anniversary of the Students Christian Movement, SCM, of the University of Ibadan, maintained that primaries across parties, are the pointers that the general elections may not hold.
Utomi said: “Can you take seriously any of the primaries that have taken place?
We are going to have all kinds of troubles. People within parties will try to sabotage one another. This will spill over. The development might lead to postponement of the elections. The signs are not the best for our democracy”, he pointed out.
The Professor who spoke on the theme: “Treating the Ailing Nation”, noted that Nigeria is ailing for lack of love and compassion, decrying that people cannot find their voices.
The former Presidential Adviser, disclosed that the nation’s public sphere is captured by criminals and real armed robbers, and ‘entrepreneurs’ of power.
He maintained that those who enter the arena of Leadership, are not people who have capacity to lead; adding that, Nigeria would soon be considered as a dangerous State in the international community.
He lamented that the public sphere is paralysed, and the public culture is deeply anti-intellectual.In her remark, the President of the Movement, Miss Jesufifunmi Emiola, said that there are lots the youth can do to change the situation of the country.
She charged the youths to change the way they think and make impacts, in order to make the nation greater.
On her part, the Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria PLC, Mrs. Ibukun Awosika, who spoke on the theme: “Repositioning Nigerian Youths to Advance the National Economy”, urged the youths to walk into the economy not to fit in, but to stand out.