Nigerians should not vote for a parochial and provincial candidate in the 2023 presidential election, Sokoto Governor Aminu Tambuwal has cautioned.
Rather, the Governor enjoined Nigerians to vote for a candidate with a broad world view who would promote unity and sense of belonging among the country’s diverse groups.
Tambuwal, who spoke at a birthday lecture in honour of a Lagos- based activist lawyer, Richard Akinnola, said the country needs an incorruptible leader who will genuinely fight corruption, to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari
“Nigeria needs a leader that is versatile. One that has friends and associates across the length and breadth of this country, a leader with a broad world view and not a parochial and provincial politician,” Tambuwal said.
The Governor also stressed the need for strong institutions that will fight corruption without discrimination, adding that examples and research have shown that with good governance and strong institutions, people would be less inclined to become enemies of the state.
He stated that people would be less attracted to criminal activities when they can see development and where there are opportunities to realise their aspirations.
Tambuwal, who was a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, called for improved intelligence gathering and surveillance in the fight against insecurity.
This, he said, would make law enforcement agencies to be proactive and would be in the position to predict potential crime with near perfect accuracy, rather than they being reactive.
“Nigeria needs a leader in tune with the times; who is reasonably aware of the modern demands of technology in solving societal problems “,he said, adding that the country’s next leader must be nationalistic and not tribalistic.
Stating that the country was in dire need of a leadership that promotes national unity not disunity, the chairman of the PDP Governors Forum insisted that a visionary leadership imbued with a sense of patriotism would go a long way in changing the narrative of insecurity in the country.
The Governor called on Nigerians to watch out for a leader who would regard the entire country as his constituency and not one that would promote his ethnic group and religion above other other groups.
Urging voters to demand for a leadership that inspires the nation to achieve greatness, Tambuwal said there is no short cut or magic wand to curtail the insecurity currently ravaging the nation.
He canvased good governance and the deployment of modern technology to combat criminal activities in the land, adding that it’s only good governance that could lower tension in the land.
The Governor tasked Nigerians to join the search for such a competent and committed leader in 2023, to enable the country achieve peace, security and prosperity for its citizens