By Peter Duru
MAKURDI — Governor Gabriel Suswam has lamented that sectionalism and tribalism had been the bane of the nation’s democratic growth, advising that Nigerians should discard such primordial sentiments when choosing their leaders in 2011 in the interest of the nation’s socio-economic growth and development.
Suswam urged Nigerians to choose their leaders based on their track records of achievements since according to him the country craved for purposeful and selfless leaders who possess the character to tackle the many challenges that confront the nation.
He stressed that President Goodluck Jonathan had in the last few months proved his critics wrong through his humane disposition and determination to make a difference in the governance of the country, advising that Nigerians support him to deepen democracy and bequeath lasting legacies to the people.
The governor who spoke at a special thanksgiving service and rally organised in his honour by the people of Gwer Local Government Area of the state, noted that Nigeria had grown past the era of tribal or sectional politics.
He advised that the people whipping up such primitive sentiments should be shunned by Nigerians when making their choice for president of the country.
He said: “President Jonathan has in the last few months provided Nigerians purposeful leadership and he has proved that he is focused and ready to make a difference by giving Nigerians every reason to be proud of their country”.
“That is the more reason why we must lend our support to his election in 2011 to enable him further actualise his vision of a progressive and prosperous nation. We cannot at this time play politics of sectionalism or tribalism to the detriment of a prosperous Nigeria”, he added.
Governor Suswam, who is the North Central Coordinator of the Goodluck/Sambo Election Campaign Organisation also urged all minority tribes in the country to support the president in his quest to address the needs and agitations of the minorities in the country, adding: “since the President is a minority he is well suited to confront the challenges of the minority tribes in Nigeria”.
He urged the people of the state to rally round the President who he described as “our own brother and friend”.
The Governor also urged the people to turn out in mass to register at the forthcoming INEC voters’ registration exercise warning that failure to do so would deny the people the right to vote candidates of their choice and the right to determine their leaders.