The former Minister of Petroleum and the Amanayabo of Nembe Kingdom, His Eminence, King Edmund Dakoru, on Sunday offered reasons why hate speeches persist and killings recorded in some parts of the Country despite the federal government effort to embrace dialogue, saying the Country has lost its zeal to dream and build a united Nigeria.
King Edmund Dakoru, said though the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbanjo should be commended for opening the federal government channel of embracing dialogue with aggrieved groups from different parts of the country with a view to finding common grounds for mutual understanding, the persistence of the hate speeches and violent agitation is caused by shocking political revelations on stolen wealth,corruption and violent tribal attacks in some part of the country.
Dakoru, who is also the Chairman of the South-South Monarchs Forum, made this known at the weekend during a seminar held in Abuja on National Unity and Security by the Department of State Services (DSS), stated that the recent upsurge in outbursts of hate speeches across the country has been traced to developments in the polity such as ongoing exposures of corruption in high places with the accompanying mind-boggling figures, ethnic agitations, militancy as well as herdsmen versus farmers clashes and sporadic Boko Haram attacks.
King Dakoru, in his speech, made available to newsmen in Yenagoa at the weekend, stated that the present generation of Nigerians need to dream big and far-sighted dreams for the country, in order to recapture the spirit of patriotism and self sacrifice that propelled the nation’s founding fathers. “I am drawn to the unavoidable conclusion that Nigerians nolonger dream and articulate the farsighted dreams that our founding fathers, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Chief Harold Dappa Biriye, Anthony Enahoro and many others, dreamt.”.
He also called for bold actions in response to some of the major challenges facing the nation, such as the poverty resulting from corruption and dwindling natural resources, moral decay and the constant threat to the peace and security of the nation which has created a chaotic environment, which according to him, “degrades both our human and material assets, and keeps out much needed local and foreign investments.”
The Monarch expressed doubts that Nigeria will be able to maintain its leadership role in Africa or even globally, if the country is fragmented into smaller semi-autonomous units, considering the current absence of solid internal integration.