By Omeiza Ajayi, Abuja

The National Interest Forum has kicked against violent agitations in the country, disclosing of its resolve to kickstart a nationwide town hall meeting to sensitize Nigerians on the need to remain one united entity.

National Chairman of the Forum, Alhaji Gambo Lawan stated this at a media parley held Monday in Abuja.

The National Interest Forum is made up of some Nollywood and Kannywood actors, professional bodies, artisans, trade unions, students, farmers and religious bodies.

“As patriots, the National Interest Forum sees the need to close the big gap in our nation today which came about as a result of lack of trust, lack of unity, misunderstanding, personal and sectional interests among others. But the good news is, our nation has the capacity and potential to surmount all these challenges which are not peculiar to our nation, Nigeria. Other countries in the world have experienced these challenges at one stage or the other but they held on to one thing which helped them overcome and that thing is, ‘putting their nations first’.

“In the coming days and weeks, we will be engaging our people through town hall meetings in all the states of the federation in order to be sensitised on the need for everyone to put our nation first in all our dealings. We are glad to declare today, this hashtag #OurNationFirst. And we are optimistic that Nigeria will regain and remain the giant of Africa that it has been”, Lawan stated.

He said Nigeria is blessed in a way that it can sustain the rest of Africa, adding that “no one, no tribe, no religion can lay claim to”.

“And as such, we owe it a duty to sustain these God given gifts by uniting, and understanding on another, building our nation and securing th future.

“We, the members of National Interest Forum today call on all Nigerians, irrespective of creed, tribe or tongue to come out and join this movement in order to bring Nigerians together to have a united front determined to put our nation first, before self, tribe or religion, in everything we do. We therefore call on all political parties and leaders, religious and traditional rulers, professional bodies to join in this movement so that we can begin to re-orient our people as we put our nation first”, he added.

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