Governorship candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Chief Obiora Okonkwo on Monday stated that he is determined to add much value to people’s lives in the state if elected.
He said there were limits to what he could do as a private person to positively transform lives, adding that as governor, a lot of lives would be touched in the state to serve as launch pad for the reinvention of Nigeria.
Dr. Okonkwo said private individuals who have enviable records of success in their endeavours cannot continue to cede the political space to scoundrels who have nothing to offer other than to loot public treasuries.
He spoke in Asaba, Delta State, while delivering the 2021 Dr. Sam Ekpelle Memorial Gold Paper Lecture organised by the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).
The lecture titled “Reinventing Nigeria’s Unity for Global Relevance in the 21st Century: Issues of Identity, Governance and Stability” also featured the investiture of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa as patron of NIPR.
The ZLP candidate said he was very committed to the unity of the country despite the present security, economic and other challenges, noting however that there must be fairness and justice for unity and peace to be sustained.
“It is because of my unflinching faith in the unity and potential greatness of this country that I named the airline which I floated in February this year United Nigeria with the slogan flying to unite.
“Those are not empty phrases, but borne out of conviction. It is a sentiment I am convinced most Nigerians share, including the distinguished members of the NIPR.
“If only our leaders can rise up to the challenges of governance and help unleash the enormous potentials of this unique country,” he said.
He said the task to reinvent Nigeria was a collective one, declaring that the nation needed prosperity to defeat hunger.
“We need security to guarantee secured future and ensure a meaningful life for our citizens, however, and perhaps more importantly, we need hope to live and survive for the new day,” he further declared.
Speaking after his investiture, Dr. Okowa said Nigeria needs good leadership that would inspire the desired sustainable growth and development lacking in the country.
Okowa noted that good leadership was pivotal to whatever social change that is desired in the society, stressing that it was the leader that charts and navigates the way for the flock to follow.
According to him, it is the leader’s action, inaction and body language that dictate the tunes for the dance steps of the public, pointing out that with a good leader, the country would immensely benefit more from its ethno-religious diversity.
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