Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has likened the unity of Nigeria to that of the Roman Catholic marriage saying, it’s “till death do us part.”
He acknowledged that the country has been in shambles due to different ethnicity but he urge Nigerians to do anything humanly possible to find accommodation and live peacefully, and to prevent the “annulment” of the Nigeria marriage.
Delivering a speech at the 2nd annual lecture entitled: ‘Broadcasting Democracy and the Challenge of the New Nigeria,’ organized by the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, in Abuja on Tuesday, August 23, the Professor observed that Nigeria has survived enormous challenges which would have divided any other African country. He added that in spite of the unfair and inefficient conduct of the affairs of the country, Nigeria has remained intact.
Prof. Jega said:
“It no doubt requires incurable optimism to sustain this motivation and to redirect Nigeria into becoming a stable, united and prosperous country that we would be proud to have our children and grandchildren live in and explore its potentials.
“We have to continue to make concerted efforts to address the persistent challenges. We must not be hostages to our reckless and unwholesome past, we should see the Nigerian federation as akin to a Catholic marriage… not necessarily a perfect union. But till death do us part, we must strive to do everything humanly possible to find accommodation and live peacefully, and to prevent its annulment.”
He stressed that President Muhammadu Buhari has a responsibility to enthrone a new Nigeria and reform broadcasting so it could play a pivotal role in Nigeria’s development.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who was represented by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Mrs. Ayotunde Adesugba, charged the NBC on general principles and policies enunciated in the nation’s Mass Communication Policy for the promotion of the well-being of the citizens.
He noted that the current challenge for the agency was the switchover from analogue to digital broadcasting, expressing the hope that Nigeria would meet the June 2017 deadline.