The Pastor of the Household of God Church and presidential candidate of the Fresh Democratic Party, Pastor Chris Okotie, in this interview, says his bid for the number one office in the country is predicated on his decision to rescue Nigeria from looming implosion and restoring it to the path of progress.
But his idea about how Nigeria can progress is based on putting in place an interim government! He says if he becomes the President, he will jettison the present political system with the Constitution and institute a new paradigm shift in governance.
You recently wrote the two major political parties, the PDP and APC, on the 2019 polls.
Have you received a reply? Not at all! The important thing is that the information has been conveyed to them. They have been engrossed with their intra party activities and this is not unexpected. The clear thing now is that there is still a parochial tendency towards political activities.
There is still that competition and rivalry in trying to produce another government. But there is going to be that development that will eventually bring us to a point where we will recognise that there is no way forward, and the Chris Okotie option will become a reality. If you look at the big picture in the polity, it is very obvious.
The ringing of the victory bell that we are hearing now, pervading the political hemisphere, will soon metabolise into a song of the bird crisis in the nation. And within the context of normative civility, with due respect to all these people, there is no partisan political equilibrium that can salvage Nigeria. It is not possible.
We will just be going round in a circle and the wilderness of retrogression. There is no way forward for Nigeria under this present system. We need a diversion from the current trend and it must be a new paradigm, a generational shift in its approach to political activities, laced with a lateral thinking that is different from the status quo.
What made you think a caretaker government can do so much since you said a substantive government cannot?
An extant or substantive government cannot carry out the responsibility of reconciliation and restructuring of Nigeria because of its partisan affiliation. You need a government that is neutral, one that is not encumbered with the sentiment of political affiliation that we have now. That is why I said that in the next elections, people should vote for me, so that when I become the President, I will set up this government.
In concrete terms, what are the fresh ideas you want to bring on board under this interim govt?
From the letters that I wrote, I made it clear that mine is a rescue mission. I explained that Nigeria must embrace a paradigm shift. I also talked about restructuring and reconciliation. I enumerated some of those areas adopted by our Constitution like structural federalism among others. These are things to be addressed. Our federalism is simply terminological in exactitude.
It is a realistic piece of fakery. The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is obsolete, retrogressive and subversive to the Nigerian cause.
It can no longer subsist as the legal protocol that guarantees the peaceful co-existence of autonomous ethnicity.
No extant or substantive government can right these aberrations, for obvious reasons of parochial party considerations and entrenched partisan rivalries within the polity. I am not advocating a new concept of governance outside what we already know. What I am saying is that if Nigeria does not address these issues, we will have ourselves to blame.
What do you mean by aboriginal democracy? How can the common man on the street, whose vote you are seeking, understand your concept of aboriginal democracy?
Aboriginal is that which is original, intrinsic to an individual or a nation. One that is peculiar to us as opposed to the imperialist idea.
This democracy we are running is imperialistic and westernized. It is something we imported from the West and inconsistent with our contextual reality. That is why it has not worked.
We must look back at the historicity, the cultural kind of government that we had before the advent of colonialism, which created stability in the different ethnic groups.
We have to look at that, as well as the peculiarity of our cultural existence, and choose the kind of government that suits us and modernise it.
So, it is moving from cultural historicity to evolutional modernity, contextualized with the present realities in terms of our contemporary society and then juxtaposing it with the global realities or what I call global relativity.