President Muhammadu Buhari has explained that Nigeria’s unity is non-negotiable despite the huge challenges currently being experienced by the citizenry.
Buhari has also urged Nigerians to cooperate more and pray for their leaders in the quest to make Nigeria a country of their dreams.
This was contained in a statement issued by the president via his Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, at a conference of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP) in Lagos on Friday, October, 4.
The conference had the theme: “Economy, Security and National Development: The Way Forward.”
Buhari maintained that growing the economy and addressing security challenges were works in progress.
He noted that no nation could boast of having totally achieved both, stressing that Nigerians must do away with cynicism and join the government in repositioning the country.
Buhari said: “We need to believe more, cooperate more and also pray for our leaders if we want Nigeria to succeed.
“We need to be grateful to God for where we are. There are countries who have not gone through what we have gone through that are worse off today.
“The fact that Nigeria remains a united country is a success. Good works are going on and we need to support our leaders for Nigeria to get to where we want it to be.”
Also, the keynote speaker, Bishop Matthew Kukah, Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Sokoto; blamed Nigeria’s underdevelopment and current economic woes on inconsistent policies by successive governments in the country.
Kukah said successive military coups had a negative effect on the nation’s socio-economic and political development.
The cleric maintained that every government has had the initiative to develop a sound economy; to alleviate poverty and to take the Nigerian people out of poverty.
“However, they could not make a measurable impact, not because they were useless; but because of our inability to make our policies consistent.
“This systemic disruption of policies accounts for our underdevelopment as a nation because each of these policies had the capacity to have transformed our country if vigorously pursued,” Kukah said.
Kukah, however; said that there was hope for Nigeria despite the economic and security challenges being faced in the country.
He said that the task of nation building required the collective efforts of both leaders and followers; stressing that Nigeria must harness its diversity to make the nation a better place for all and sundry.
Also, Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson, commended GOCOP for the theme of the conference; noting that there would not be a vibrant democracy without a vibrant media.
Dickson urged them to stay true to the tenets of the journalism profession in the discharge of their duties.
The governor called on Nigerians to support comprehensive constitutional reforms that would guarantee stability and equal representation aimed at positively transforming the country.