As the nation prepares for the hand-over day, Alhaji Muhammad Abdullahi Sugar has called on Nigerians to give the President-elect, Gen Muhammadu Buhari, an unflinching support towards delivering good governance
Alhaji Sugar, who is a political aide to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, gave the charge, while speaking with newsmen in Abuja.
He urged Nigerians not to expect too much from the President-elect, stressing that change is a gradual process.
“We must exercise patience and give him chance to deliver on his promises. What he needs more than anything is our support, cooperation, collaboration and goodwill,” he said.
Sugar also urged the president-elect to focus on providing quality governance and pay less attention to distractions.
He advised Buhari to adhere to the blueprint and road-map of his party that had brought about growth and development in the states where they had been implemented.
“It is encouraging to know that he has made anti-corruption campaign the métier of his administration. In order for this not to run out of steam, he must build institutions, both formal and informal, that will fight corruption and ensure Nigeria becomes a society of law-abiding citizens.
“His transition team and board of advisers should shun the temptation to secure their selfish interest and come up with pragmatic action plan that will help the president-elect realise his goal,’’ he said.
Sugar said though the task ahead was enormous, he appealed to Buhari to explore available economic and social opportunities in rebuilding the nation.
“More than anything, the Gen. Buhari-led government must run an inclusive government of credible people with requisite competence that will ensure that no part of the country is left behind,’’ he said.
He added that Buhari must do so bearing in mind the fact that he will preside over a nation that comprises people who voted for him, people who did not vote for him and people who did not vote at all.
“He must ensure that no group, class, gender or religion is discriminated against politically, economically, and socially. This is the watershed moment to break the walls of ethnicity, elitism and religious bigotry that has continued to polarise the fragile unity of our nation.
“He has a duty to turn the nation into a bridge in which every person, irrespective of his background and orientation, would see the state as a collaborator and an ally through which his dreams and ambitions can be realised,” he said.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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