Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state has called on Nigerians to elect a president that is willing to restructure the security and governance structure of the nation.
Speaking in Lagos at the 63rd birthday lecture of Mr Richard Akinnola, the governor stated that insecurity rocking the nation was due to failure of the federal government.
Tambuwal, who delivered the lecture on “Security Challenges in Nigeria and its Implications for Sustainable Development”, said Nigeria needs a leader that is versatile.
He stated that Nigeria’s next president must have friends and associates across the length and breadth of this country, adding that he must possess a broad world view and not a parochial and provincial politician.
“We need an incorruptible leader who understands that the best way to fight corruption is by personal examples and also by the building of strong institutions that can withstand shocks and manipulations,” Tambuwal said.
“Nigeria needs a leader in tune with the times. Who is reasonably aware of the modern demands of technology in solving societal problems.
“Yes, Nigeria needs a bridge builder. A compassionate leader, sensitive to the needs and aspirations of the poor and needy. A leader whose words count and can be counted on. Indeed, a leader with courage.”
Speaking further, the Sokoto governor said Nigeria’s next president must be an accountable leader who can be trusted to face the challenges of nationhood squarely without sentiments or pandering to interests that are inconsistent with national goals.
“A visionary leadership imbued with a sense of patriotism will go a long way in changing the narrative of insecurity in Nigeria.
“A leadership that is nationalistic and not tribalistic, a leadership that promotes national unity, not disunity,” he added.
Tambuwal said Muhammadu Buhari’s successor must regard Nigeria as his constituency, not his State, tribe, religion or region.