Tuesday 26th September, 2017
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Ribadu in Awka, says Nigeria can work ...

Ribadu in Awka, says Nigeria can work ...

The former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mal­lam Nuhu Ribadu, yester­day said Nigeria will work if Nigerians eschew sepa­ratism and embrace unity.

Ribadu, who spoke while delivering the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka 11th Convocation Lecture with the theme: ‘Leader­ship and Challenges of National Unity in Nigeria’, said it was only in unity that Nigerians could find strength and ability to fight and conquer corruption, Boko Haram, insecurity and other evils bedeviling the country.

In preaching unity, Rib­adu who described Nigeria as a huge promise to the black man, insisted that Ni­geria needed a honest and modern leadership that would be a rallying point for citizens.

“What we missed at In­dependence and for most of the years that followed is a true national leader with a clear determination and focus to unify the country. Having such a unifying person would have been one big leap because it would have taken care of the most central challenges of our country.

“Most nation states, as we have seen from exam­ples in sister African coun­tries and elsewhere, suc­ceed largely when you have a leader that is focused, open minded, cosmopoli­tan, yet firm and unrelent­ing. Outside Africa, we can also point to the shining examples of Singapore and Malaysia.

“Leadership, therefore, has meaning only when it emphasises unity in diver­sity, and lifts up the people, investing them with hope and promise. It is so when it sets up purposeful action through the force of ex­ample. I am convinced that the leadership that will lead us to the next mile cannot tolerate degenerative values that allow discriminatory practices to thrive, and can­not stamp its feet to affirm than ‘an injury to one is an injury to all’ ; that violence and impunity will not be tolerated and will be met with overwhelming coun­ter violence in the interest of the large Nigerian com­munity.