Mkpoko Igbo Integrity Forum, an Igbo socio-cultural organisation, on Thursday in Abuja, urged Nigerian leaders to think and act like our past first and second republic leaders, noting that should they (incumbent) leaders adopt the templates of the past leaders, Nigeria would have peace and progress.
Mr Chidi Opara, the Convener of the forum, gave the advice in an interview with newsmen, shortly after signing a condolence register of former Vice-President, Dr Alex Ekwueme.
“If only the leaders of this nation will think and act like the leaders we had in the First and Second Republics, there will be peace and progress in the country”, he said.
According to him political leaders across the country should rise above primordial sentiments to sustain the country’s unity.
He said that politicians in the country should emulate late Ekwueme and described him as a man of integrity who distinguished himself in his political career to the admiration of all.
Opara said the late vice president was an honest and highly de-tribalised politician that believed in the unity of Nigeria.
“ Late Ekwueme was a man with an exceptional character among Nigerian politician. He came out poorer than he entered government in the Second Republic.
“He was a role model and somebody that every Nigerian should emulate his exemplary qualities,” Opara said.
Opara also advised political class to join forces to address the nation’s challenges and ensure social justice.
According to him, most of the political problems besetting Nigeria are consequences of the activities of unpatriotic politicians who see politics as business.
“If only the leaders of this nation will think and act like the leaders we had in the First and Second Republics, there will be peace and progress in the country.”
He appealed to public office holders to promote equity, justice and fairness and de-emphasise tribal, religious and political differences among Nigerians.
Opara noted that injustice was a major factor responsible for social unrest in most part of the world, including Nigeria, stressing that leaders must address the question of social inequality in the country.
“ For example, if an Igbo man is a President of Nigeria, he should see himself as a President Nigeria not that of Igbo.
“ This will enable him to ensure equitable distribution of positions and resources to every citizen without minding where the person comes from,” Opara said.
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