Nigeria in dire need of fresh start

Notable Nigerians, including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Most Revd. Matthew Kukah; Governor of Ekiti state, Dr Kayode Fayemi; and the First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari; have said the 2023 elections present an opportunity to reset the country so that Nigerians can be empowered to become more productive and self-reliant.

They said this Tuesday at the Leadership Newspaper Annual Conference and Awards in Abuja with the theme: ‘Resetting Nigeria: Culture, Politics, Geography and the Role of Big Ideas’.

In his remarks, VP Osinbajo, who described himself as a progressive, said there was need to create a new Nigeria that is driven by national unity and cohesion.

According to him, “Those of us like Sam Nda-Isaiah (late publisher of Leadership newspaper) who belong to the same political tendency that is loosely described as the progressive tendency agree on certain principles that we must create a country that works for us all.

That is, a peaceful and secure society founded on law and order and the rule of law, a society that enables commerce and values productivity so that large and small businesses can grow and provide jobs and opportunities for the millions of young people, a society where no one is left behind, a united and tolerant nation where all irrespective of ethnicity or religion or political persuasion are respected treated fairly and justly and have equal access to all opportunities.”

Speaking on the theme of the event, Governor Fayemi said that political systems were not meant to remain static in time and space, but rather were expected by design and the force of circumstances to undergo a regular process of reset.

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