Nigerians from all sphere of life have been called upon to imbibe the spirit of patriotism, and unite to build a strong and vibrant economy.
Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Garba Abari, made the appeal at the 9th National Development Summit of Traditional Rulers in Abuja, with the theme “ Rediscovering Family Potentials Towards Societal Redefinement.”
Abari said tribal and religious affiliations should not be a hindrance to performing civic duties to the motherland.
The DG noted that: “great cities and civilizations were never built in a single day.
Abari in a statement made available to reporters by the NOA Deputy Director, Press, Fidel Agu, said for any meaningful development to take place, there has to be a conscious effort from the people, noting that: “all nations derive their identities from entrenched values which are transmitted from generation to generation by families which gives the strength and historical direction towards greatness for individuals, and countries generally.”
He further said family values forms the bedrock of development in every culture, and as such, there is a need for a serious appraisal of how these values could be made effective in the transformation agenda of the government.
“Our ethics, values and world view are impacted significantly by the family we are raised in; good families largely produce good citizens”.
“Royal fathers must support government reforms that are aimed at making our education and economy more expansive, rather than relying on import based economy in spite of our enormous untapped human and material resources,” said the Chairman of the Summit Governing Council, His Royal Majesty, Emmanuel Sideo Abe.
Abe said to achieve true attitudinal change; change must be holistic and therefore, “urged traditional rulers to join in the campaign on transparency and accountability in public affairs.”
The late President Musa Yar’Adua, upon inaugurating the National Development Summit of Traditional Rulers in 2008, intended that it fosters friendship among traditional rulers to boost national peace, unity and development.