Nigeria facing difficult challenge – Oyegun
National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John OdigieOyegun, has observed that Nigeria faces a difficult challenge if there is no fundamental change in the value system of the citizens.
Chief Odigie-Oyegun spoke in Abuja at the party’s national secretariat when he received a 10man delegation from University of Ibadan (UI) Alumni Association led by its National President, Dr Kemi Emina.
The APC boss, who was accompanied by the party’s Deputy National Chairmen, North and South, Senator Lawan Shuaibu and Engineer Segun Oni, lamented a situation whereby people glorified money and found it difficult to differentiate between right and wrong because of moral decadence.
He said, “The new nation that the Muhammadu Buhari administration has committed itself to establish will be an onerous task. It will be a most challenging responsibility. But it is a task that must, in the interest of our nation, be performed. There are going to be a lot of days to climb mountains. But thank God, we have a kind of President, for whom, facing challenges does not hold any terror at all if only it is a realisation that we are as a nation, on our last leg….
“There will be interesting times ahead. There will be difficulties ahead because of the state of the economy. It is clear that our value system, ethical balance and morality have to change. It is clear that as a people we must begin to implant that knowledge of what is right and what is wrong. We must start drawing line in the sand beyond which we don’t expect any decent person to cross. All these things have disappeared from our national life.”
Earlier, the National President UI Alumni Association, Dr Emina appealed to APC leaders to help facilitate the consideration of an alumnus of the University as the Chairman of the Governing Council and the retrieval of its Abuja land. He, thereafter, presented the land documents to APC National Chairman. Leading political parties in Borno State have intensified campaigns ahead of tomorrow’s Senatorial bye-election for Borno Central.
The Senate seat became vacant, following the death of Senator Ahmed Zannah Khalifa, who won a second term, but died shortly before the inauguration of the 8th National Assembly.
Tomorrow’s election would be a contest between Baba Kaka Bashir Garbai of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Kaka Shehuri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Garbai, a prince from the Borno Emirate Council, had served as commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs for four years, under Governor Kashim Shettima, while Mr Shehuri was a former chairman of the Maiduguri Metropolitan Council.
Zannah Ibrahim Ngulde, a former commissioner, said this is the time for the people in Borno Central to consolidate the gains recorded by the APC at the state and national level.
“I strongly believe that Baba Garbai will offer the needed representation at the Senate because he has the requisite knowledge and experience. Considering the travails we have been going through, Borno needs strong voices at the Senate,” he said.
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