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Former diplomat tasks Nigerians on credible leaders

A Former Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr Martin Uhomoibhi wants Nigerians to be actively involved in the democratic process for God fearing and visionary leaders to emerge.

He made the call in Abuja at the First Annual Convention of the Old Seminarians Association of Nigeria.

Dr Uhomoibhi who was the guest speaker at the convention noted that the solutions to the various challenges in the country, lies with Nigerians.

The former Permanent Secretary explained that Nigeria is at a cross road politically, economically and socially as he observed inconsistencies and contradictions in the nation’s constitutional framework.

He called on Nigerians especially members of the association to arise, vote their conscience and ensure a new Nigeria.

He also advised Nigerians against relocating but rather get involved in the democratic process.

“Escaping from the country is your choice, but it’s wrong to say that the grass is greener outside. I know from experience that there’s no country more blessed than Nigeria. When you are not taking responsibility for your own failure, you are passing the buck and that is what you do when you do the Japa syndrome. You are blaming others, what have you done in your own little corner and that is ultimately what determines the trajectory of the nation’s growth.” He stated

In an address the Clerk of the Senate, President of the Old Seminarians Association of Nigeria, OSAN Chinedu Akubueze said fraternal love and brotherhood is lacking in the larger Nigerian society.

Mr Akubueze stressed the need for all Nigerians to contribute meaningfully to both the economic and political spheres of the country to birth a new Nigeria and attain good governance.

“We will contribute both on the economic and political spheres, we are encouraging our members to get involved in the political quest to ensure that Nigeria attains good governance and it doesn’t come by our being docile. Our members are getting involved, we are preaching across the political space. Nigerians are encouraged to vote for credible leaders”

The theme of the Convention is “Building Our Fraternity within a Diversified Nation for Sustainable Peace in Nigeria.”

Reporting by Ifeanyi Osita, editing by Daniel Adejo