Rev. John Joseph Hayab, Vice-Chairman, Northern States and FCT of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has opined that Nigerians need a leader who can unite and take the people out of the present economic woes and security challenges.
Rev. Hayab, who is also the chairman, Kaduna State chapter of CAN, in a statement said, “Nigerians today simply need a leader that can deliver the goods, unite the nation and take us out of our economic woes and Insecurity challenges.”
He noted that those coming out to talk about the age and region of the next President were only out to start an agenda that will further divide Nigerians and put the country in a more difficult situation.
“Our Association, therefore, wishes to warn the Nation against these unhealthy moves and also to appeal to Nigerians not to allow these short-sighted and selfish considerations to becloud our reasoning,” he advised.
According to Hayab, Nigerians elected leaders in the past based on some of those considerations and it only ended with regrets and lack of progress in the country.
He added, “Those who have been misleading us with these parochial views anytime elections are around the corners have started a new game which we must all resist and never give them space.”
“How long should we allow our country to be dancing back and forth when looking for a genuine leader,” Rev. Hayab asked?
He was of the view that “every citizen that truly loves this country knows that Nigerians have suffered too long and need to shine their eyes in order to have a leader that is truly nationalistic in all spheres of life for the country to have a sense of direction.”
He suggested that, “The age of whoever will become Nigeria leader should never be an issue for debate because Nigerians must never allow anyone that does not have good leadership credentials and capacity to be her leader just because he is young or old but our concern should be for us all to look for a good and detribalize Nigerian who can fight insecurity, stop corruption, make the country to move forward.”