Prominent Nigerians, including traditional rulers, politicians, technocrats and experts, have said for Nigeria to get it right during the 2023 general elections and beyond, leaders must address the security and economic challenges that have grounded the country.
A former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar; former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar; and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, among others, agreed that things are not right in the country and all the recurring problems must be addressed to put the country on the right direction.
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They spoke Thursday at the 19th edition of the Daily Trust Dialogue themed ‘2023: The Politics, Economy and Insecurity’. The event was held at the NAF Conference Centre and Suites, Gwarinpa Expressway, Abuja.
While Abdulsalami chaired the occasion, the Sultan served as the Royal Father of the Day.
The Guest Speaker at the dialogue was a former chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mrs Ifueko Omoigui Okauru.
The programme was moderated by broadcast journalist, Kadaria Ahmed. Other guests at the event included Borno State Governor, Prof. Baba Gana Zulum; former Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbe; former Minister of State for Health, Arc. Gabriel Yakubu Aduku; leaders of regional groups and captains of industry, among others The lead paper was discussed by Dr Murtala Ahmed Rufa’i, an expert on banditry from Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto and Dr Hakeem Baba- Ahmed, the spokesman of Northern Elders Forum (NEF).
The Chairman of Media Trust Limited, Malam Kabiru Yusuf, who was the chief host of the event, said there are many challenges ahead of the 2023 general elections.
“Besides the concerns over the unsigned electoral legislation, the age-old debate over power shift is still a contentious matter as we countdown to February 18, 2023, presidential election.
“We are also confronted by intractable security challenges and an atmosphere of fear that pervades all parts of the country, especially its northern part,” he said. Many people who commented at the event expressed confidence that Nigeria would get it right provided those
saddled with the responsibility of piloting the affairs of the country shelved politics and confronted the challenges head-on.