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2023: Nigeria should supersede personal interests, Adebayo cautions National Movement

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Presidential aspirant, Prince Adewole Adebayo, has urged members of The National Movement (TNM) that personal ambition must be curtailed and vigilantly watched out for to avoid sacrificing national unity, mutual faith, enduring peace and societal progress at the altar of ego and individual achievements or group domination.

The renowned legal practitioner gave this advice on Tuesday in his speech as special guest of honour during the group’s official launch.

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Spearheaded by former Kano State Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the TNM prides itself as a political movement with a mandate to save Nigeria from disintegration.

According to its Protem National Secretary, Prof Rufai Ahmed Alkali, the group also hopes to redirect the “country to the path of safety and security, peace and prosperity, equity and opportunity, in addition to qualitative and competent leadership that will engender rapid and sustainable development as well as being fair and just to all.”

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In a letter to Alkali, Adebayo expressed disappointment over his inability to attend the event in Abuja owing to an earlier engagement.

Represented by associates Comrade Solomon Dalung and Dr Tanko Yunusa, the 50-year-old, however, urged the TNM to put the interest of the country ahead of personal goals.

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The media mogul also touched on nine critical areas.

He said, “Please bear the following 10 points in mind as you deliberate on the future of our polity and the choices the National Movement has to make in your journey to the future:

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(1) That we are all Nigerians and no one is more Nigerian than fellow Nigerians. As such, we must always respect the rights, privileges and concerns of other Nigerians especially those silent majorities who are not so loud or prominent in the media, yet have contributions to make to our progress.

(2) That politics is not the end of it all but merely a means of achieving national consensus or majority platform for addressing good governance and sustainable development of our society. As such, the best politics is that which favours the people more than it favours the politicians; and favours the future more than it favours the present.

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(3) That no one person, group, section, part or organisation, including the laudable National Movement can alone solve the problems of Nigeria. As such, all of us must continue to reach out to other groups towards achieving a more perfect unity of purpose for our polity.

(4) That justice should be the cornerstone of whatever action, decision or undertaking adopted by the National Movement so that our national motto of Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress can be attained in the letter and spirit.

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(5) That personal ambition or parochial advantage must be curtailed and vigilantly watched out for in order to avoid sacrificing national unity, mutual faith, enduring peace and societal progress at the altar of ego and personal pursuits of individual achievements or group domination.

(6) That the glory of Nigeria rests on the goodwill and good hearts of those of you who are lucky to be in the centre of our national leadership at these trying times for our beloved country.

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(7) That the people of Nigeria have endured a lot and have borne our pains and failures with unequalled equanimity which many other peoples of the world would not have tolerated. As such, we should realise as leaders, that the patience of the people is running thin. We should save the Republic and our society by finding urgent solutions with quick consensus in order to lower the temperature of our political space.

(8) That the world is changing and the international community expects that Nigeria as a respectable member of the comity of nations must rise above infancy and show the world that we have come of age. There is no better way to show it than to upgrade our organising principles in such a way as to transparently convince reasonable observers that the overall best interests of our people is the driving force of our politics.

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(9) That the National Movement must bear in mind and in your deliberations that democracy is about majority rule. And youths make up the majority in our country. As such, all policies, preferences, preferment and preponderance must reflect a trajectory of youth leadership and assumption of responsibilities so that those who will live in the future are allowed to shape that future from today onwards.

(10) Lastly but most importantly, that we must remember that only God Almighty gives life and grants tenancy of power to humans on terms and conditions which are set by God alone. As such, we must respect our humble, uncertain and limited position in the scheme of things on this Earth. Our political decisions must reflect a deep realisation of this divine reality”.

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