Posted On 20 Aug 2014
Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau and the Director of National Orientation Agency NOA, Mike Omeri have challenged Nigerians abroad to promote the good deeds of the country and the positive impacts the current government is having on the nation.
The Duo of Omeri and Shekarau were speaking at BEN TV Democratic Summit held in London over the weekend to review Nigeria’s evolving democratic process.
The DG NOA Mike Omeri said that the common goal of all politicians irrespective of party affiliation is to move Nigeria forward and Nigerians also have the common goal of also supporting whoever wins to do the job of moving Nigeria forward. Omeri said that President Goodluck Jonathan had provided the enabling environment for Nigeria’s success and deserved to be supported to continue to move the country forward. Mike omeri while highlighting the achievements of his agency through support from the government said ‘Mr President has implemented all information received from Nigerians even when they are outside his government policies, he listens and acts, that is the kind of a leader we have’. The DG cited the five thousand naira note and the deregulation of the PHCN, the Pay as you consume billing system as examples of the government’s listening character.
Speaking at the summit, Nigeria’s Minister of Education Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau advised Nigerians to be optimistic about Nigeria and stop pessimistic expressions that are capable of demeaning the pride of the nation. The Minister of Education said that every developed nations of the world went through the process of growth and development with their accompanying problems without despair.
Mallam Shekarau said that most Nigerians expected President Jonathan to be a solution provider to every problem in the country forgetting that there are more than ten thousand elected officials in the country with the same responsibility of providing solutions to problems from Local wards, Councils, State Houses of Assembly to the National Assembly. He advised Nigerians to start looking at elected officials at the local to the state levels for solutions to issues before accusing the president of inactions. He stated that ‘there are not less than 10,000 elected people in Nigeria, the president is just one man out of them all, it is impossible to perform the job of 10,000 people elected by the same people who elected him. Nigeria’s problems will reduce at the national level from the moments Nigerians take interest in what happens at our local wards, local government and states’.
Members of the All Progressives Congress APC UK also expressed their concern about Nigeria’s evolving democratic process at the summit acknowledging the progress made in electoral processes and tasking the government to continue to provide the environment for free and fair elections.
Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr Dalhatu Sarki Tafida while launching DATA Institute of Diplomacy and Politics said that politics in Nigeria is complex and requires full understanding of it. He said that DATA IDP is a non partisan mentoring organisation set up to prepare Nigerians in the Diaspora willing to take up leadership position in the country to acquire basic skills and knowledge from people who have seen it all in Nigeria’s leadership and political system.
BEN TV Democratic summit was organised by BEN TV UK in partnership with Nigeria Arise, Nigeria Diaspora Leadership Forum and other organisations in the UK. The well attended event attracted Nigerians from all walks of life.