Pray For Selfless Leaders Like Mandela, Okorocha Urges NigeriansFeatured, Latest News, News Wednesday, January 1st, 2014
IGNATIUS OKPARA, Owerri
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, and Chairman Progressive Governors Forum, has urged Nigerians to pray for God’s intervention in the raising of selfless National leaders as late Nelson Mandela of South Africa.
Nigeria according to him, Nigeria is in dare need of National leaders that will be celebrated by other world leaders like the late South African leader, Nelson Mandela.
Okorocha, who stated this in his new year massage contained in a statement issued in Owerri by his Senior Special Assistant on media, Sam Onwuemeodo, said not until Nigeria enthrones leaders like the late Mandela, its political and economic woes would continue.
He added, “until leaders that would be respected and celebrated by leaders of other nations begin to emerge in the country, the nation won’t move as fast as expected in terms of development and growth.
The Governor, further charge Nigerians both the leaders and led to be committed to the wordings of the National Anthem and National Pledge, noting that living up to the letters of both would arouse national consciousness in every patriotic Nigerian.
He regretted that fifty-three years after Nigeria gained her independence, ethnic consciousness has been allowed to over-ride national consciousness and political power sought on the basis of which area one comes from, or which religion one practices, instead of emphasising on those factors that would make the unity of the country stronger.
The Governor therefore, appealed to Nigerians especially the leaders to ensure that all hands are on deck towards building a united nation, adding that the All Progressive Congress [APC], would provide the needed roadmap to achieve national greatness.
He posited that Nigeria as a nation, is over due to move to the next level of advancement, saying with the APC as the torchbearer, we will get to the promised land.
The Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum also hinted that the APC is a party with deep love for democratic ideals and would like to wrestle power from the ruling peoples Democratic party, PDP, through the ballot box and not keen in the impeachment of anybody.
APC, he noted, is mindful of the fact that” power goes with dignity when the person holding it has the mandate of the masses to do so”.
He also assured the people of Imo State on the commitment of his administration in ensuring that the area remains on the fast lane of transformation and development.
The governor assured that the people-oriented policies of the administration would continue to be pursued with vigor, just as he urged all Imo indigenes both at home and in Diaspora to join hands with his government in its effort to make the state a place every Imo citizen, would be proud of, in all ramifications.
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