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Nigeria: Aspirants implored to demonstrate maturity

Nigeria needs transformative leader, says SarIn apparent reference to the political bickering capable of over heating the polity by presidential aspirants in the countdown to next year’s general election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has appealed to its members seeking political offices to eschew bitterness and temper their utterances.

Also, former Vice President and PDP presidential aspirant , Atiku Abubakar, noted that it is now time for sober reflection as the country celebrates her 50 years of independence.

Former military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida ,assured that the country will not disintegrate, stressing that the unity of the nation is paramount more that any other thing else.

Babangida, also described the quest and clamour for a credible leadership in the country as akin to a jihad .

Senate President, Senator David Mark , while taking stock of Nigeria’s political history in the last 50 years , assured that “although we tottered, we remained determined and indivisible people under one nation.”

But the PDP in an independence message signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Prof. Ahmed Alkali, pleaded for maturity and tolerance of each other.

According to the statement, “At this critical eve of the next general elections, we call on all politicians to reconnect to the ideals of our founding fathers in eschewing every tendency that can exacerbate the fissures in our diversity.

While wishing Nigerians a blissful independence celebration, PDP lamented the civil war which, according to the party, led to the loss of love among Nigerians and the negative impact of military interregnum.

The party stated that inspite of the bitter lessons in the loss of the people as the sovereign, the travesty of the time, the aberration of the constitutional order and the consequent anomie, the nation has emerged stronger, united and democratic.

In the same manner, a statement signed by the Abubakar Bukola Saraki Campaign Organisation (ABS 2011) Director of Media and Publicity, Garbadeen Mohammed, noted that the nation has had a very difficult journey as an independent nation since 1960, saying “this golden jubilee celebration offers the citizens an opportunity for deep reflection on the past and the present as a way of launching the country into the future.”

In his message, Atiku lamented that “it is sad and unfortunate that we have not been able to tackle basic issues such as the provision stable power, quality education and healthcare, good roads, affordable housing and food security as well as security of life and property.” The former vice president however said Nigerians should therefore see the 2011 election as a turning point by electing experienced and visionary leaders to pilot the ship of state.