Senator-elect decries FG’s violence-induced policies


The Senator-elect for Osun East Senatorial District, Prince Francis Adenigba Fadahunsi has warned the federal government over what he called violence-induced policies.

He said violent agitations in some parts of Nigeria have compelled the Federal Government to come up with spontaneous policies resulting in the setting up of some institutions of little or no significance other than to “settle the boys”.

According to a statement by his media assistant, Sam Segun-Progress, Fadahunsi argued that the establishment of the likes of: Niger Delta Development Commission, the North East Development Commission, the proposed south east commission, among others were necessitated by violence.

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He held that necessary machineries that would make provision for welfare and security of the people could have been more effective than the “fire brigage approach of setting up commissions”.

Fadahunsi, who is a retired Assistant Comptroller of Customs, said violence-induced policies of the Federal Government could trigger similar agitation in other parts of the country, thereby taking the nation into full-fledged crisis.

“The establishment of the regional commissions induced by protracted violence is becoming fashionable and encouraging other zones to violence so they can get the attention of government. The agitation that degenerated into violence and attendant sharp fall in oil revenue gave birth to the Niger Delta Development commission.

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“It is a known fact that some Northern elites saw the benefits their counterparts in the Niger Delta are enjoying, hence the temptation to stir up similar agitation in their region.

“Obviously, Boko Haram crisis gave birth to the North East Development Commission, while IPOB and MOSSOB agitations gave birth to the proposed South East Development Commission,which has passed second reading in the Senate.

“The crisis in Kaduna and Zamfara is about to give birth to another commission. The crisis in the North West is taking a new dimension that is likely to spread across the region if the federal government remains indifferent and adamant to calls by well-meaning Nigerians,” the statement read.

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Fadahunsi called on the Federal Government to brace up and urgently make proactive move to secure Nigeria and be sensitive to the general welfare of the people rather than creating “food for the boys”.

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