Nigeria urged to change name as stakeholders worry over injustice, FDIs
A proposal, which includes a new name for Nigeria, restructuring, rapid improvement in Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs), proper implementation of Federal Character and ethical change has been considered by stakeholders in Abuja as part of ways to unite the country, address insecurity and create lasting peace.
This was unveiled in an initial 10-year plan by the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), scholars, civil society organisations, youths, military and paramilitary organisations, as well as over 70 other organisations that gathered at the closing ceremony of the Citizens Summit.
Unanimously, they stressed the need for urgent actions devoid of political involvement to save the country from collapse.
While some stakeholders insisted on the need to allow youths to take charge of the country, others canvassed devolution of powers, stressing that peace and security would remain elusive without social justice and a sense of belonging.
A committee of about 25 members was instituted to implement the 10-year plan, even as the stakeholders said there was need for the country to improve taxation and create zonal centres for development across the country.
The chairman, Access Bank Plc, Ajoritsedere Awosika, while speaking at the event, said there was no need to point accusing fingers but rather find ways to unite the country.
According to her, the significance of national integration has never been more evident.
President of NIPR, Mukhtar Sirajo, worried over the loss of hope by many, especially the youth.
He said research by the institute points to a widening trust deficit at three levels – between government and citizens, between and among various ethnic and socio-cultural groups, and among citizens, as communication among them has nosedived.
He added: “Realising that at the core of the mandate of the public relations profession is birthing and sustenance of mutually beneficial relationships (and mending them where they crack or even break down), the institute came to the conclusion that our beloved country, Nigeria, needs more than a shot in the arm in this regard.”