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Maverick politician and four-time senator, Chief Francis Arthur Nzeribe, has again stirred the hornet’s nest by calling on the military to rescue the nation from further degenerating into a state of abyss. The leader of the controversial defunct Association for Better Nigerian (ABN) observed that politicians had failed to sustain the country’s 10 year unbroken democracy with wanton encouragement of crimes.

Nzeribe at a news conference in Owerri on Wednesday said that Nigerians were experiencing fatigue with democracy and heading consciously or unconsciously towards military dictatorship.
“It used to be fashionable to say that politicians have learnt nothing from the experiences in the hands of the military. This time around, we can say that politicians have learnt nothing from each other which makes our case as a nation worse.”

According to Nzeribe who dubbed his press statement ‘Our’ Democracy has its innocence, “it is unfortunate that after 10 years of committing huge sums of money in building democratic institutions, politicians are still unable to live up to expectation.
“Our country has spent huge sums of money building legislatures at all levels of government. We have spent huge sums of money nurturing and sustaining the executive arms at all tiers of government. But, what have we gotten in return?” Nzeribe queried.
He noted that it had all been tales of woe from executive to the judiciary, pointing out that no single legislation had had any positive impact on Nigerians since 1999.

He further said that the country ended up having state chief executives who had turned their states into private estates as they had failed to distinguish their private pockets from the public till.
He noted that, what appeared to be a repentant judiciary at the beginning of the current dispensation had turned out to be a fluke. “We are all witnesses to the rigmarole in election cases.” He therefore expressed fear that some governorship disputes pending in the courts had no prospects of being resolved before the next general elections.
According to him, what the country had only succeeded in achieving in the last 10 years was emergence of a new crop elite who took advantage of the innocent yearning of the people to appropriate the commonwealth.

He, observed that there was an atmosphere of panic and uncertainties in the country prompting politicians to shower praises on the military for protecting the nation’s democracy. Nzeribe described such praises as blackmail.
“Does it not worry us that the same military we were abusing 11 years ago, we are now praising to high heavens not for going to war and excelling but agree to look the other way while we fornicate with the innocent democracy?”
“The nation’s relation with the military is precarious. We do not want to stage a takeover. Yet, we keep on committing the same act that makes coup plotting a profitable venture. My position is that the military should strike if they think the environment is ripe for that. Who are the people turning the screw from the background? We talk of the cabal, which cabal? The bubble will soon burst.”

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he is insane,a failure and a bias dreamer.


His insanity has started to manifest,
Nothing responsible or reasonable has ever come from his and his case just has gone worse since he has been dethroned by younger and vibrant politicians and he's no more relevant. Let us all just ignore him including journalists; silence is the best answer for a fool.
Nonsense!Nzeribe go to hell. You have expired.

We are always very myopic in our condemnation of the messenger. Listen to the man's message instead of the messenger. Nzeribi has a terrible track record and he may be crying wolf because the candie has been snatched off his hands by "bigger thiefs" of the PDP stock. But has our Democracy really worked. Look all over you and you see those not better than Agberos before 1999, now stupendously rich that they know not what to do with their stolen money, yet majority of Nigerians have no job, poverty-stricken, no good hospitals or road, and all our infrastructure built by the military when there was less money are now comatose- Nigerian Airways, Shipping line,Steel companies, the refineries, Airports and govt corporations all dead, or near dead. Yet the last 12 years has witnessed ophenomenal growth of earnings from hike in Oil earnings, such that Nigeria has earned more money in 12 years than the previous 38 years combined. So what is happening to all this huge oil windfall? It is been stolen and wasted by the politicians in the name of democracy. This democracy, I am afraid, is simply not working. It is the duty of Nigerians to act fast to rescue themselves from these bucaneers otherwise Nzeribe may be right in his message this time around.

Nzeribe is sick upstair to have say this,was he not part of the looters?
What a show of shame this call amount to. A maverick four time senator for that matter. The establishment he was part of and now to stand to condemn it. He should be arrested and charged with treason and a saboteur to the nation of Nigeria. He's part of the problem all because he wasn't having it ways. Nigerians know better that building an institution takes time and gradually we will so is our young democracy. Change isn't easy, but if we can forebear our dreams would be achieved, but outright statement like this shows a disgruntle person who never wish anything good for us.
sorry to say sir.i dont think you all in your right mind
Once an Area Boy always an area boy. That is a typical old and spent politician and quisler telling Nigerians what to do with government.We should remember that he was in the fore front of the nullification of June 12 1993 elections along with his friends in Association for Better Nigeria (Area Boys Of Nigeria).He should be placed under 24 hours watch.Reason: this arms dealer can sponsor that military coup if his expectations are not met.
Rot on earth before hell you ingrateful quisler.May God add more to your frustration for your part in the June 12 1993 election nullification.
Courageous state man!


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