Nigeria’s challenges are surmountable, if right leaders are elected, says Emmanuel
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has said the challenges bedevilling Nigeria’s socioeconomic and political growth are surmountable if the right leaders are elected into office in 2023.
The governor made the assertion on Tuesday when he declared open a-one day national conference organised by the Forum of Former Deputy Governors, with the theme: ‘Nation-Building in Challenging Times” at Ibom Icon Hotel & Golf Resort, Uyo.
Emmanuel, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the event, emphasised that living in challenging times in the country requires having the right leadership, who will address the root causes of Nigeria’s problems.
“Honestly, we are facing major challenging times all over the world. Issues affecting Nigeria are very surmountable. All we need is for the right leader to emerge. And I believe that in Nigeria, things could change if in 2023 we elect a leader who has a love for the people, who know what to do and action to take,” he said.
He made a case for the Forum of Former Deputy Governors to give strategic support to the government, having garnered a wealth of experience in governance, adding that through the forum, stability could be brought to bear in governance for the overall good of all.
In his remark, the Chairman of the forum, Chief Kanu Agabi SAN, called on former Deputy Governors to take advantage of their united front to forge a path of unity for Nigeria, noting that the challenges bedevilling the nation could be surmounted if the country is united.
Chief Agabi, who acknowledged Nigeria as a peaceful nation with potential leaders, indicated that the problem of Nigeria lies within poor leadership. He, however, expressed optimism that soon a better Nigeria where all will be united irrespective of tribe, ethnicity, and religion will live, work and invest in any part of the country without encumbrances.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Conference Director, Dr Kenneth Kalu, expressed appreciation to Emmanuel and the former Deputy Governors for facilitating the hosting of the event in the state and commended the ambience of the state as well as the hospitality extended to them on their arrival in the state.