Climate change: Tinubu’s notion about governance archaic – Group
The Centre for Reforms and Public Advocacy, has said that views of the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on climate change were indicative that he was out of touch with the current ideals of progressive governance. Tinubu while addressing the Arewa interactive committee on Monday in Kaduna, said developed countries must be ready to provide financial support if Nigeria is to comply with climate change guidelines. He compared Nigerias compliance with global climate change directives to preventing a church rat from eating poisoned holy communion." But the Executive Director, Ifeanyi Okechukwu in a statement issued Tuesday said Tinubu has proved himself unworthy to be elected as president of Nigeria. He lamented that many states in the North and South have fallen to high floods, which was occasioned by Greenhouse effects. Okechukwu said whereas policy experts and politicians in the country are busy thinking about how to make investments that would create water farms or expand the channels of internal waterways, "but here comes Tinubu so disconnected from the science and facts of climate change, that he sees it as an instrument to blackmail Western countries." He added that it would have been expected that Tinubu used the platform of the prestigious Arewa House, and the question thrown at him to enunciate his concern and empathy for the victims of flooding that continues to ravage many states of the North and many other states in the South. Okechukwu said: "For a presidential candidate who claimed to have been warned to stay on his script, it becomes confounding when, even in the short moment that he had to loosen his seat belt, he flew into stormy weather in his response to the issue of climate change. "Rather, he resorted to a blasphemous odd ecclesiastical metaphor and did the unthinkable by launching a threat to Western nations. "Can we for a moment imagine a Nigerian President making a presentation to the United Nations General Assembly on climate change issues, and he forgets to make a good case for victims of flooding in his own country, but remembers that his own people need firewood to cook and tells the world that unless the West gives us finances, we are not interested in climate change. "That is the kind of Nigeria that the APC candidate desires, one that will make our dear country a rogue nation and our citizens being ridiculed across the globe." The Executive Director stressed that the challenges that the next president of the country will inherit are enormous and warned that it is dangerous to hand over the country to a leader whose notion about governance is archaic. Okechukwu said the Centre intends to engage the APC candidate with his deliberate attempt to distort history during his poor delivery at the Arewa House on Monday, but counselled that if anyone should step aside in the upcoming presidential election, it should be a candidate who lacks the grit to engage on off the cuff public speaking.