Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state has offered the recipe for the building of a new Nigeria saying only hard work and patriotic zeal by leaders could rescue the nation from imminent collapse. Speaking during the launching of a book titled: ‘Leading Right: Nigeria’ Volume 1 &2 written by Philip Ejiofor at Nigeria Institute of International Affairs, NIIA, Lagos, Governor Ajimobi who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Dr. Olugbade Ojo said leaders in their various capacities should remain patriotic, loyal and play active role in the pursuit of the common goal of a united, strong and indivisible nation.
In his words: “Nigerian leaders need to be more patriotic for the country to develop. We talk about corruption, the reason is simply because our leaders are not sufficiently patriotic to the country. We are patriotic to the country, you will not loot or steal our money. Some of the leaders of developed countries are patriotic and love their country.”
He also encouraged youths not to lose hope in Nigeria but to believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel:”The youths should not loose hope in the country, Nigeria is still very young, we got our independence in 1960 and if you look at other developed countries of the world, they have been there for years, therefore, the youths should not be discouraged but believe that Nigeria will come out stronger from her present challenges” he said.
The author of the book, Mr. Philip Ejiofor in his remarks advocated unity of purpose among Nigerians to solve the nation’s problems. He added the problems bedevilling the country were mainly man-made and would be collectively solved with the people’s unity.
Ejiofor noted that the country’s problems, whether economic, social or political, were rooted in ethnic and religious intolerance.
In his words:”All Nigerians in Diasporas relate to one another as Nigerians, they are happy to see themselves in a foreign land and they relate as brothers, there is no tribe, you see the unity. Why can’t we uphold the same while at home?
“The major problem we have is that there are sentiments that are putting us apart, like tribalism, nepotism and some set of people think they own this country and that is wrong. If we can work against all these sentiments, it will lead to the unity of our country.”