The Nigerian Senate President, Ahmed Lawan has called on Nigerians to embrace unity and eschew all forms of mistrust and suspicion.
He made the call in Lagos, during a public presentation of a book entitled: ‘Battlelines: Adventures in Journalism and Politics’, a memoir of Chief Olusegun Osoba as part of the activities to mark his 80th birthday.
Mr. Lawan explained that no meaningful development can thrive in a place there is no trust and unity.
He urged the leaders to demonstrate a clear and transparent leadership to enable them earn the trust from the citizenry.
“Nigeria is a country that is rich in diversity. This diversity is our strength as a nation. No country can develop when there is no unity. What Nigerians need to do is to trust the leaders and for the leaders to continue to show commitment on how the country will work for every citizen. As political leaders, we must demonstrate clear sense of leadership to make Nigeria work for all of us’’ he said.
On his part, the National leader of All Progressive Congress and former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu wants Nigerians to recognize the value of diversity and use it for the progress and prosperity of the country.
He frowned at the high rate of divisions existing among the citizens and urged them to unite in order to achieve greater development for the country.
“When we proposed our symbol of APC as a broom, what we meant is our unity in diversity. Broom has different heights. It is difficult to see a single broom tied together that has same height, unless you cut it. Our problem in this country is that instead of using our diversity for prosperity, we continue to use our diversity for division. Let’s stop all these divisions and come together. The broom is stronger when it is tied together,” Tinubu said.
The former Military Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar called on well meaning Nigerians to put hands on deck to ensure that there is peace and security in the country saying they should believe in their country and in themselves. .
” We want Nigeria to remain a great blessing to Nigerians. We want Nigeria to work with clarity of purpose. We want the leaders to make remarkable improvements in the quality of life. All these are achievable with greater self believe, willingness to respect one another and readiness to work together as brothers and sisters.” he said.
An experience in Politics and Journalism
In his speech, the celebrant and former governor of Ogun state, Olusegun Osoba said he wrote the book with his wife to document his experiences as a politician and a journalist.
According to him, there were so many things that might not be known especially to the young Nigerians.
He thanked dignitaries who turned up at the event, saying he was highly honored by their presence.
The book according to the publisher, Mr Lanre Idowu, was conceptualized in 2016 and centered on Nigerian journalism and politics.
It is a 341-page autobiography of Olusegun Osoba, a former governor of Ogun State, with records of his life as a journalist and a politician.