General Katunku Simon Gora is a Retired Military Chief under the engineers department, a philanthropist per excellence and a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in this interview with “Arabella star magazine” he speaks on the prospects of the party, bear his mind on the security situations in the Country and why he’s seeking to represent the Good people of Zango Kataf/Jaba Federal Constituency in the National Assembly. Excerpts
Can you briefly tell us about yourself?
With the crop of leaders that have emerged in your party, how can you assess the prospect of the party come 2023?
The prospects are very high because those that emerged are seasoned and experienced hands who knows the politics of this country very well having the country in various capacities, They are men of caliber that have ideology and principles. Success is going to be certainly ours because there are lot of strategies on ground to win the populace to the party which is already happening and I can assure you that as we enter the new year definitely a lot of people are going to defect to PDP.
Do you think the Emergence of the National Youth leader of the party who is 25-years old is a sign that Youth in the party will be given the chance to participate unlike before?
Well, it is a clear indication to the Youth that the PDP is an inclusive political party, that takes the Youth into consideration in all that it does, because for you to have good leadership in the future you need to have the Youth mentored at this level which is a very positive sign to us as the adage would say “the Youth are the future of tomorrow” We involve the Youth in leadership of the party and in key positions in the party structure, by the time they’re trained for few years they would understand what it means to lead and they will do it very well.
The National Assembly adopt the mode of direct Primaries and E-transmission of result, how can you assess the impact of this development into Nigeria’s democracy?
Some of the legislators raised concern that the e-transmission of result may be hacked, considering even some developed Countries are still battling posed by the electoral process. What’s your opinion ?
As a retired military Chief now joins politics, how do you intend to reconcile this two scenario ?
Insecurity has posed a serious economic problem in Nigeria today, as a Military Chief with vast experience, eventually you emerged, what kind of legislation will you propose to ensure this security threats are solved?
As a security expert and looking at the security architecture of this country, do you support State Police?
Looking at the myriads of security challenges that has grappled most parts of the Country, would you say the security is overstretch to tackle thus problems?
Certainly the security architecture is overstretched , it’s not easy to cover the vast land or boundaries that we have in this country using the Military alone. You must know that our borders are very porous and we’re within a region that has been facing instability for all this years and the our intervention in some of these crisis in some of these Countries of course didn’t go down well with some of the parties in these struggles across some Countries, so no wonder they may want to destabilize our Country.
Should politics be separated from HV be insecurity issues, because there are suspicion that every crime has political undertone?
Honestly speaking, you can hardly separate insecurity issues from politics because one way or the other lack of truth, fairness justice from the political class create insecurity issues. Lack of political will power to do the correct things and like I said earlier; lopsided power and resource allocation are issues that can give rise to self determination struggles and so many other strives that are politically motivated. So, the two are like body in a Jacket.
What’s the general security overview of the Constituency you’re seeking to represent?
There were a lot of security meeting, peace pact signed in different fora in bid to ensure the crises are addressed, will you still say Government effort is not enough?
From my own point of view there is no sincerity in the peace pact or security meetings. The intention is well conceived but the people come there to discuss issues with double mind, is like a double talk what they say is different from what is in their mind. I attended one of the peace meeting, while we were there discussing how to establish peace within the region we heard that the crisis was raging on in the nearby community and we had community representatives from that very axis in the meeting and the supposed attackers have their members in that meeting too. So, there is a lot of insincerity in the minds of the discussants. Until when we tell ourselves the truth we may not have an end to the disagreement.
Finally, what’s your call to the people of Zango/Jaba Federal Constituency you’re seeking to represent ?