Abuja -Conscience Nigeria (CN), an NGO, on Wednesday stressed the need for Nigerian youths to imbibe the messages contained in the National Anthem as they aspire to be future leaders.
Mr Tosin Adeyanju, the Executive Director of the group, said this in an interview in Abuja.
According to him, the messages were ” thoughtful and inspirational” as the leaders and the youth are enjoined to be patriotic by building a nation where peace and justice will prevail.
He noted that youths have an important role to play in nation-building being the most productive segment of any nation, and advised them to direct their energies towards promoting positive values.
The activist argued that if 70 per cent of the nation’s population grow in love and honesty as enjoined by the second stanza of the National Anthem many of the challenges brought about by primordial sentiments would have been surmounted.
Adeyanju said for the country to achieve its set objectives government must intensify reorientation of the entire citizenry on tested values such as discipline, patriotism, hard work, love, honesty and fear of God .
“ We as Nigerians must imbibe the culture of doing the right thing. If anybody is offering you a bribe reject it as corruption retards progress of the nation in the magnitude that nobody can imagine.”
He said the Electoral Act 2010 should be reviewed to enhance the independence of the the electoral commission.
Adeyanju called for the scrapping of State Independent Electoral Commissions to ensure credibility in the conduct of local government elections.
According to him, various state governors manipulate their respective commissions to achieve partisan interests rather than allow free and fair elections at the grass roots.
“In almost all the 36 states of the federation, local government elections is won by the ruling party due to excessive influence of governors on state electoral commissions.“
Commenting on challenges of insecurity, Adeyanju said that many Nigerians have a wrong notion about management of the country as the exclusive responsibility of public office holders.
He noted that the fight against terrorism had dragged for so long because other stakeholders see it as the responsibility of government a lone.(NAN)