His Eminence, the Amanayabo of Nembe Kingdom, has yesterday blamed the lack of patriotic spirit among the Political Class for the recent ursurge in hate speeches and violent clashes and killings in some parts of the State.
King Edmund Dakoru, said though the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbanjo should be commended for opening the Federal Government channel of embracing dialogue with aggrieved groups from different parts of the country with a view to finding common grounds for mutual understanding, the persistence of the hate speeches and violent agitation is caused by the refusal of the political class to imbibe patriotic and nationalistic spirit of the country’s founding fathers.
King Edmund Dakoru, who was a one time Minister of Petroleum and the Chairman of the South-South Monarchs Forum, made this known in a statement issued in Yenagoa after attending a seminar held in Abuja on National Unity and Security by the Department of State Services (DSS), stated that the recent upsurge in outbursts of hate speeches across the country has been traced to negative developments in the polity.
According to Dakoru, “Negative developments such as ongoing exposures of corruption in high places with the accompanying mind-boggling figures, ethnic agitation, militancy as well as herdsmen versus farmers clashes and sporadic Boko Haram attacks.”
King Dakoru, stated that the present generation of Nigerians need to dream big and far-sighted dreams for the country, in order to recapture the spirit of patriotism and self sacrifice that propelled the nation’s founding fathers. “I am drawn to the unavoidable conclusion that Nigerians nolonger dream and articulate the farsighted dreams that our founding fathers, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Chief Harold Dappa Biriye, Anthony Enahoro and many others, dreamt.”.
Dr Daukoru called for bold actions in response to some of the major challenges facing the nation, such as the poverty resulting from corruption and dwindling natural resources, moral decay and the constant threat to the peace and security of the nation which has created a chaotic environment, which according to him, “degrades both our human and material assets, and keeps out much needed local and foreign investments.”
The Monarch expressed doubts that Nigeria will be able to maintain its leadership role in Africa or even globally, if the country is fragmented into smaller semi-autonomous units, considering the current absence of solid internal integration.
On the effort of the Federal Government to tackle the rising agitation, King Dakoru commended the Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo for sustaining the Federal Government’s policy of embracing dialogue with aggrieved groups from different parts of the country with a view to finding common grounds for mutual understanding.