Written by Chuks NZEH

2019 Election: US envoy tasks Nigerians on unity

The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington, has urged Nigerians to use the forthcoming general elections as an opportunity to teach other countries of the world how to remain united as a people.

The ambassador made this known when while addressing some journalists at a reception organised by the US Embassy, to commemorate the World Press Freedom Day in Abuja.

He noted that, “what I realise in this incredible Nigeria is how much you have to teach all of us. It begins this year, by you continuing to teach the world what it is that has helped keep you together.

"We are getting ready for another repeat performance in 2019, with respect to a process that would literally bring the nation together.

"When people ask me what the greatest challenge in Nigeria is? I don't quote the famous book 'Things Fall Apart' I know unity is the goal, I know the Nigerian Project is a project that has brought people together for a long time, but that is not the way I will put it.

"Every day that somebody erodes the trust, or security, or confidence between two groups in Nigeria, it is as if you have dug a ditch and the next step is to put a bridge across the ditch, which means you stop doing education, justice, health, and everything else, to put a bridge where there was no ditch before.

"If your hope is to grow hope and opportunity really fast you can't lose time by breaching bridges over ditches that was never there last year. Time, resources, leadership are too valuable. Before the ditches grow let the illusion stop."

 

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