Insecurity: Bode George, Sanwo-Olu, Garba Shehu, call for unity to end Nigeria's challenges

Insecurity: Bode George, Sanwo-Olu, Garba Shehu, call for unity to end Nigeria's challenges

- Former deputy national chairman, Bode George, has asked Buhari-led government to end insecurity in Nigeria

- George said challenges confronting the country required that all citizens work together with a common purpose to address them

- A presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, however, urged Nigerians not to give ethnic or religious colouration to the security challenges

Some notable Nigerians on Tuesday, February 25, converged in Lagos during the third freedom Online annual lecture to dissect the level of insecurity in the country and proffered the way out of the scourge.

Legit.ng reports that while speaking at the event on the theme, "Nigeria: Foundation, Fundamentals, Future,” a former deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, called on Nigerians to see themselves as one and work assiduously to address national challenges.

George said the challenges confronting the country required that all citizens work together with a common purpose to address them.

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He said tribalism, sectionalism, religious bigotry and others were an albatross to national development as he urged citizens to shun them.

“A nation is not a mere conglomeration of space and people. It is more. A nation is about agreed destiny and collective vision; a nation is about shared values with well been cultivated ideals. It is the effortless summation of a common dream, of common truth, of common objectives, and of agreed realities.

Insecurity: Bode George, Sanwo-Olu, Garba Shehu, call for unity to end nation’s challenges
Chief Bode George, Lagos deputy governor, Obafemi Hamzat, Garba Shehu, and other dignitaries at the third Freedomonline annual lecture in Lagos.
Source: UGC

“A nation is the spontaneous voiding of parochial limitations. It is the deliberate eclipsing of ethnic or sectarian articulations. It is to reside in a unifying universe where growth is measured by hardwork and merit, where human enhancement is predicated on demonstrated rallying virtues of leadership, of the strength of character, of dedication to duty and repose in honour.

“We must re-assess and boldly confront what is wrong with the national architecture. We must work together to identify and rectify the variegated ills and the wrongs presently subsisting,” he said.

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George said the country must take the bold step to ensure devolution of power to guarantee sustainable development, adding that the country would not meet the development aspirations of the people with a too strong centre and weak states.

He said the states and even the local governments had to be more empowered to bring about development.

The PDP chieftain urged Nigerians to demonstrate patriotic zeal in all they were doing, saying citizens must believe in the country even in the face of challenges.

He commended the publisher of FreedomOnline, Gabriel Akinadewo, for organising the lecture, stressing that the lecture had provided a platform to proffer solutions to national challenges.

In his speech, the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-olu, called on Nigerians to do their best toward nation-building.

The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, said the country would be great if everyone contributed their quota to the development of Nigeria.

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He said the recent immigration visa ban by the United States on Nigeria might be a blessing in disguise as it would enable citizens to stay at home to fix the problems in the country.

The governor described the present generation of Nigerians as extremely talented and creative, saying that they could help reposition the country if they gave their best.

Sanwo-olu commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the revolution of his administration in the agricultural sector, adding that the federal government’s renewed investment in agriculture had greatly helped in promoting food security.

Also speaking, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity in his speech, Malam Garba Shehu, urged Nigerians not to give ethnic or religious colouration to the security challenges.

He urged citizens to see criminals as criminals, irrespective of where they were from, saying that the federal government was doing everything possible to provide adequate security for all Nigerians.

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Otunba Gbenga Daniel, a former governor of Ogun state also urged Nigerians to give peace a chance.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to close the borders, saying Nigerians should look inward economically.

Earlier in his speech, the host said the country’s security architecture must be overhauled to address security challenges.

He called for more funding for police, saying inadequate funding had hampered their capabilities to provide security.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Nigerian Senate sought the re-establishment of a military base at the Sambisa forest borders as part of its suggestions to end insurgency in the northeast.

It was reported that the Senate took the decision while a motion moved by Senator Aishatu Ahmed who represents Adamawa Central senatorial district in the red chambers was being debated.

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