There are plans to destabilise Nigeria before 2019 polls – Okogie (Vanguard)

There are plans to destabilise Nigeria before 2019 polls – Okogie (Vanguard)

Retired Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie, yesterday, warned of attempts by some unscrupulous politicians to destabilise Nigeria before the 2019 general elections even as he urged Nigerians not to vote on ethnic, religious or regional lines. In a letter entitled: ‘Beware the Ides of March’, Okogie said; “no true lover of Nigeria would want to drag this country into bloodshed.” The cleric said: “It will be their Ides of March when the  grandstanding and insolence of presidential and gubernatorial media spokespersons will be utterly unhelpful. Approaching another year of elections, this admonition has become frightfully pertinent. For what is being witnessed looks like a re-enactment of  Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. In this re-enactment, Julius Caesar would represent Nigeria; the Roman politicians who plotted his assassination would represent the average Nigerian politician, with Brutus, the politician pretending to be Caesar’s friend, representing politicians who, in their diabolically deadly intrigues, pretend to love Nigeria, but are actually plotting her descent into bloody disintegration. Read more

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