BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO
Nigerians, especially political leaders, have been charged to have a rethink and change their attitudes, as it is the only pivot to reaching the country’s development quest.
The attitudinal change, according to elder statesman and founding Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Bisi Akande, is holistically needed to put the country on a right path.
Akande stated this at the 97th birthday lecture of a foremost nationalist and elder statesman, Reuben Fasoranti.
The former governor of Osun State was of the opinion that if Nigerians could cultivate the habit of promoting local production against importation, discipline and probity in governance, the yearnings and aspirations of over 200 million populations would be met.
He decried the ailing state of the nation’s economy, stressing that encouraging production and consumption of locally made products, commodities and ideas will set the country’s path for sustained growth and development.
Akande said Nigeria is desirous of a leadership with the right blueprint to tackle the nation’s challenges while encouraging transformational ideas to grow the economy.
The former APC chairman expressed confidence in the capacity of the President-elect, Bola Tinubu to deliver his renewed hope manifesto to the people.
He also lauded Fasoranti for upholding the virtues of discipline, integrity and unfettered service to humanity that his generation fully optimised in the development of the old Western region and by extension, the federation.
Akande challenged upcoming leaders to be prepared fully for governance and be ready to create templates that successive administrations can tap into for the continued growth of the state.