Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Executive Secretary of International Summit Council for Peace (ISCP) Africa, Ambassador Simeon Uwa has urged Nigerians to lay aside selfish interest and sentiments, but begin to bargain for future of the society they would want to live happily in and bequeath to their children.
He said in order to achieve that, the people involved should borrow a leaf from biblical Daniel principles by rejecting the king’s food.
The Ambassador, who made the call at the Akwa Ibom State Correspondents’ Chapel dinner held in Abuja, also urged the media to embark on a regular and aggressive campaign to enthrone good leaders for better Nigeria.
He, therefore, explained that the role of media for better Nigeria includes moulding opinions, shaping perception of Nigerians, public enlightenment and constructive criticism of present leaders in Nigeria.
He said the media can set an agenda for new Nigeria but warned against inflammatory and inciting reports capable of causing divisions and war instead of promoting struggle for a better nation.
“Every society deserves the leaders that they have. The time has come for all of us to put away selfish interests and sentiments, sit down to begin to bargain for the future of that society where we would live happily and also bequeath for future generations. It doesn’t matter who is involved, it does not matter whose ox is gored.
“Before anybody will exit slavery, we must adopt the biblical Daniel principles which involved determination to reject the king’s food. Once this is activated, those who are laying claims to leadership today will realize that they have no business on the seat that leaders are contained.”
Uwa disclosed that as Ambassadors of Nigeria, they would continue to project the interest of their environment and nation in foreign land.
“Our nation is not sick but it can be better. Nigeria can be better and it is you and I that will ensure that we have a better society”
“You are the ones that form people’s minds. No one will have a mindset of his own , except the one sharpened by media content. The responsibility for us to have a better society is yours,” he said
He added, “Leadership always fails in our society all the time but we always cover it to avoid being exposed. We should shift a little away from covering bad leadership and confront issues that stare at us . This is the only way we can have a better Nigeria.”