A Peoples Democratic Party presidential aspirant, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki (SAN), on Friday said with the increasing level of uncertainty and disunity among Nigerians, the country was at a crossroads.
He therefore said the nation was in dire need of capable leaders at the national level who could unite the citizens.
Turaki said such leaders should be those who were bold enough to say the truth and show compassion to the people they were governing.
The presidential aspirant stated this at Toru-Orua, Bayelsa State, when he paid a condolence visit to Governor Seraike Dickson, who lost his mother, Goldcoast, to cancer last month.
In a statement by Dickson’s Special Adviser on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, Turaki called on leaders across the country to be patriotic and nationalistic in their approach to governance.
While commending Dickson for “exemplary” leadership qualities in the state, Turaki said, “At this time when the country is so divided, we need leaders like you who have compassion; leaders who have courage to say the truth; leaders who sympathise with the people; and leaders who have the fear of God.
“Today, Nigeria is at a crossroads; people are wondering if the Nigeria project would succeed. Today, there is hunger, poverty and despondency in the land, and our patience is waning.”In his remarks, Dickson thanked Turaki and his campaign team for the condolence visit in spite of an earlier visit to him in Abuja.
He also said his family had taken a decision to establish a cancer centre in honour of his late mother to promote cancer awareness and prevent avoidable death from the disease.
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