Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari has urged fellow Nigerians to be more patriotic and sell the positive news about the country to the world.
The governor issued a statement by his state Director General Media, Abdul Labaran Malumfashi, ahead of the Eid-el-Kabir festival for Muslims. He noted that the country has some challenges but the positive sides of the nation should be what people from outside would get to know.
The statement partly read: “As a sovereign nation, Nigeria deserves the respect of foreign nations whatever their status on the global stage may be.
“For any compatriot to willfully call on foreign powers to meddle in the internal affairs of Nigeria, is to display the highest level of unpatriotism.
“No responsible citizen, least of all those who are the foremost beneficiaries on the commonwealth, would encourage foreign powers to interfere in the internal affairs of their nation, regardless of its adversities,”
“In those climes, the leading citizens partner with the governments to protect and advance the national interest. They do not go to the marketplace to expose the perceived inadequacy of their leaders.
“At these trying moments, what the nation’s leadership requires is support by way of concrete advice in private, not going public with unsubstantiated accusations which defy reason and logic,”
He added: “The insecurity buffeting the country is not limited to one section of the country or affecting only one ethnic group or the adherents of only one religion. It doesn’t spare even social status,”