2015: Ab­dul­salami warns against ‘de­struc­tive pol­i­tics’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Femi Aki­nola, La­gos

For­mer Head of State, re­tired Gen. Ab­dul­salami Abubakar, has warned politi­cians across the coun­try to stop play­ing de­struc­tive but con­struc­tive pol­i­tics, urg­ing them to strive to build and not to de­stroy the coun­try.

Abubakar, who gave the warn­ing yes­ter­day dur­ing the launch of an on-line news­pa­per The Ca­ble, also called on all Nige­ri­ans to al­ways put the coun­try’s in­ter­est first in all that they do.

“Nige­ri­ans need to stop com­plain­ing about the prob­lems con­fronting the coun­try, but rather should think and take steps ca­pa­ble of solv­ing the prob­lems. Con­tin­u­ous com­plaints will not bring so­lu­tions,” he said.

Abubakar said politi­cians in the coun­try should for­get their dif­fer­ences when is­sues of se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity are at stake.

“Se­cu­rity, law and or­der are fun­da­men­tal re­quire­ments in any hu­man so­ci­ety and we can­not progress with­out them. Per­haps, our politi­cians can learn from Amer­i­cans; when­ever there is elec­tion, they iden­tify them­selves as ei­ther Repub­li­cans or Democrats. But as soon as the elec­tion is over, they iden­tify them­selves as Amer­i­cans. Their coun­try’s in­ter­est takes prece­dence over par­ti­san in­ter­est. I un­der­stand that politi­cians will al­ways be politi­cians, but pol­i­tics should not be de­struc­tive, rather it should be con­struc­tive. We should seek to build and not to de­stroy,” he said.

He added: “All of us as Nige­ri­ans have the duty to join hands in fight­ing these chal­lenges. If Nigeria is safe and se­cure and the qual­ity of life in the coun­try im­proves, it is for the ben­e­fit of the na­tion. We can­not con­tinue to com­plain about the prob­lems be­cause that will not solve them. All we need to do to­day is to look for­ward and think of so­lu­tions to the prob­lems fac­ing the coun­try,” he said.

Speak­ing on the topic; Nigeria at 100: Re­flec­tions on the fu­ture, Gen. Abubakar said it is not proper for Nige­ri­ans to be dis­cussing na­tion­hood now.

Also speak­ing, Gover­nor Ba­batunde Fashola, said Nigeria has not yet at­tained the level it ought to be.

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