Nigeria At 61: Forget tribal sentiment, unite Nigerians, says Olabode George to Buhari

Former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Vice President Chief Olabode George instructed President Muhammadu Buhari to use the occasion of the country’s 61st independence anniversary to bring Nigerians together and forget about tribal affiliation.

George gave the charge Thursday while speaking with reporters shortly a worship service at his office on Lugard Street, Ikoyi, Lagos, attended by party leaders, among others, recalling that he was in the military with the president and urged him to use the same unit formation they had in service to rule the country, now that he had the opportunity to enter democratic rule.

“He should forget his tribe and see Nigerians as one,” he chided.

The leader of the PDP, who is also the Atona Oodua de la Source, while noting that the 61st anniversary of independence calls for no celebration, lamented the non-teaching of history in schools throughout the country, urging that it be reinstated in school curricula, even as it warned of the long-term consequences of dropping out of teaching.

It was exactly as he forcefully stated that changes were needed in the way things are done in the country, noting that the 1999 Constitution was not effective and, therefore, should be reviewed again.

“We really need changes in the country. On each independence anniversary, we say we want to celebrate independence. What are we celebrating? Are we heading in the right direction?

“I don’t know why the federal government made the decision to cut history teaching in schools. This is a fundamental mistake. God blessed this nation with human resources, agricultural resources, mineral resources and we left everything and we are still fighting tribal wars.

“If you don’t teach history, you are telling the younger generation that you don’t have to look back. If you don’t look back to see the problems you have now, how could you avoid the same mistakes in the future? They should go back and read what led to the collapse of the First Republic, ”he said.

“The constitution we are using is not effective and we have the opportunity to review it. We revisited it at the 2014 National Conference, ”he added.

The Source’s Atona Oodua took the opportunity to appeal to the government and COVID-19 program coordinators, in particular regarding the issuance of the COVID-19 vaccination card to those who have taken the vaccine. , and had to travel and within the country, to ensure that affected travelers do not suffer unnecessary trauma at airports.

George made the call as he recounted his recent personal experience, with his wife, at Frankfurt Airport.

“And a lot of Nigerians are suffering because of the issue of authorization with the vaccination card. My wife and I were stranded at Frankfurt Airport because officials there said the Nigerian government insisted that the words on the card be in English.

“I want to appeal to whoever is in charge of the program to protect Nigerians from pain. I was lucky that someone recognized my wife and we were able to get a German interpreter and be able to travel after wasting so many hours at the airport, ”he said.


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