Former Deputy Governor of old Benue state, currently a Commissioner in the Federal Character Commission, FCC, representing Kogi state, Alhaji Sule Iyaji has urged Nigerians to leave their old ways for something different that will promote development of the country.
Alhaji Iyaji, who gave the advice yesterday in an interview with our correspondent in Abuja, observed that the level at which the expectations of the people could be fulfilled depended largely on the cooperation of each citizen of the country.
He said that until Nigerians are ready to do the right thing, the change which everybody is clamouring for will not take place, adding that Muhammadu Buhari alone could not change things.
According to him, “Buhari alone cannot change anything without due cooperation of all Nigerians; he is not a magician. That implies that Nigerians should prepare to leave their old ways for something that is different and something that will promote the welfare of this country.”
He further advised Nigerians to drop godfatherism or the culture of passing through who you know to get what you want even when you do not merit it, stressing that for positive change to emerge in the country, due process should be followed accordingly.
“When we talk about change, people look unto Buhari alone without looking at themselves. The question is, are they prepared to effect the change themselves?” he queried.
Speaking on the level of democracy in the country, the former deputy governor said Nigeria as a nation has advanced in the quest for true democracy, adding that it has not been easy globally, particularly in the third world countries for a sitting president to concede defeat for the opposition to take over.
“The events of the inauguration are very historic; it is very encouraging and I think all Nigerians should congratulate themselves for getting to this level of democracy without giving opportunity to the so-called predictions of break-apart to come true.”
He commended the outgoing president for putting in place an electoral arrangement that will nurture the country’s democracy and for conducting a fair and violence-free election.

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