The National Interest Forum says it has concluded plans to hold town hall meetings in all states of the federation to re-orientate Nigerians on the need to put the nation’s interest first in all their dealings.
The National Chairman of the forum,Alhaji Gambo Lawal, said this at a news conference on Monday in Abuja, adding that Nigeria had the potential and capacity to sustain the rest of Africa and beyond.
He called on Nigerians to always put the country’s interest above personal, tribal, religious and sectional interest and to work toward her greatness.
Lawal expressed optimism that in spite of current challenges, Nigeria would regain and remain the giant of Africa that it had been, adding that unity of purpose among citizens was all that was needed to make the country great.
“We have seen it all from independence to date; what we need in this country is unity of purpose; with believe that united we stand, divided we fall.
“Our nation is blessed with both human and natural resources; Nigeria as a great nation has the potential and capacity to sustain the rest of Africa and beyond.
“These are God’s blessings which no one, tribe or religion can lay claim to.
“And as such, we owe it a duty to sustain these God’s given gifts by uniting and understanding one another, building our nation and securing the future,” he said.
The forum chairman further said that as patriots, the forum saw the need to close the big gap between the various segments of the society.
He however, blamed the country’s current challenges on lack of trust, lack of unity, misunderstanding, personal and sectional interests.
Lawal said the good news was that Nigeria had the capacity and potential to surmount her challenges which were not peculiar to the country.
He noted that other countries of the world had experienced challenges at one stage or the other, but held on to one thing which helped them overcome.
“And that thing is putting their nations first. We, the members of National Interest Forum today call on all Nigerians, irrespective of creed, tribe or tongue to come out and join this movement.
“Our desire is to bring Nigerians together to have a united front with determination to put our nation first, before self, tribe or religion in everything we do.
“We therefore, call on all political parties and leaders; religious and traditional rulers as well as professional bodies to join in this movement so that we can begin to re-orient our people as we put our nation first,’’ he said.
On membership, Lawal said that the forum was made up of professional bodies, artisans, trade unions, students, farmers and religious bodies from across the six geopolitical zones.
He said that in the coming days and weeks, the forum would hold town hall meetings in all states of the federation to sensitise the people on the need to put the nation first in all their dealings.
“We are glad to declare today, this hashtag #OurNation First, and we are optimistic that Nigeria will regain and remain the giant of Africa that it has been. God bless our nation, Nigeria,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the news conference was attended by some popular Nollywood, Kannywood and other prominent Nigerians.