Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor should be a leader that is versatile, knowledgeable and can fight corruption.
Speaking on Monday at the annual Criminal Law Review Conference in Abuja, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives said the next President should be fair to all citizens, irrespective of ethnic affiliation.
Tambuwal added that the country needs a focused leader and a bridge builder to effectively fight insecurity in Nigeria which had worsened the living conditions of the people.
He added that Buhari’s successor should have friends and associates across the geopolitical regions in Nigeria.
He said, “Nigeria needs a leader that is versatile, one that has friends and associates across the length and breadth of this country and a leader with 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.
“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, 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.
“For a leadership that galvanises, mobilises and directs Nigerians on the path to sustainable peace, progress and development, such a leader will not regard any part of the country as conquered people.”
While stating that finding such a leader was a task for all, the governor challenged Nigerians, “to find and support such a leader in 2023 so that Nigeria can begin the long walk back to peace, security and prosperity for all her citizens.”