Renowned diplomat task Nigerians on inclusive government

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja


Nigeria’s former Foreign affairs Minister and former Ambassador to the United Nations, Prof. Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, has called on its citizens to practice inclusive government that will address genuine interest for all.

The former Minister made the call in Abuja while delivering an Inaugural lecture on Nation Building or Nation Fragmentation: Reflections on 20 years of Post-Military Rule in Nigeria.

Professor Gambari also said there is the need to develop adequate human and material resources to manage certain crises affecting the nation.

He noted that the Nigerian government needs to understand the interests and demands of different sections of the country, with a view to proceeding solutions or harmonizing them.

According to Prof Gambari, “Whatsoever the genuine concerns or grievances of any group maybe, we must discuss them together, the good news is that many countries have passed through this phase in their developmental experience and ours will not be exception.”

Speaking on the Nigeria Project, the world renowned diplomat queries individuals speaking loud and clear for Nigeria and what they are doing to actively promote the Nigerian project, which according to him is a quest for peaceful, prosperous, just and United State of Nigeria in context of increasing demands in the country.

“If we are to really succeed in nation building, we must have a leadership that is all time committed to the rule of law and has a demonstrable sense of fair play and democratic tolerance.”

“We must have leaders who have vision for a Nigeria better than the one they inherited leaders who will lead by deeds and not by words, achievers and not deceivers, we need responsive and responsible leaders like the late Major General Emmanuel Abisoye,” Prof Gambari added.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (Rtd) mentioned the role played by former Head of State, General Abdul-salam Abubakar, former President Ernest Shonekan and other eminent Nigerians, in ensuring that Former President Olusegun Obasanjo completed his tenure.

Gowon, who was the chairman of the occasion where Na’Abbah is also a guest, said: “I can see Alhaji Ghali Na’Abbah here and I can assure you we had some very important discussions and I know that we had to appeal to him and the President of the Senate not to impeach Obasanjo and of course, because of the respect they had for us, they listened to us.” 

“If we had allowed them impeach the president at that time of our democracy, no president in Nigeria would escape being harassed. So, I thank you very much for listening to us.” Gowon said.

The public lecture was organised by Major General Olumuyiwa Abisoye Foundation in partnership with the University of Abuja.