From Charles Akpeji, Jalingo
THE presidential ambition of former Military Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), has received a boost as the Catholic Knights of Saint John have collectively resolved to work for his victory in the forthcoming elections.
The knights, who came to
Jalingo, Taraba State capital, from various states of the northern Nigeria under
the umbrella of the Jos Grand Command for their annual sports competition, urged
Nigerians to discard religion, ethnicity and political affiliation to ensure
victory for the founder and presidential flag-bearer of the Congress for
Progressive Change (CPC), Buhari, whom they said had, stood out in the area of
Grand president of the Jos Grand Command of the Knights of Saint John International, Brig.-Gen. Tony Okechukwu, who made this known while answering questions from journalists, said they gave their support because "the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) presidential aspirant, Buhari, has remained one of the most credible candidates that could be trusted with the mantle of the leadership of this country".
Elated by the decision of Buhari to serve the country, he admonished Nigerians to eschew hypocrisy in attempting to foster unity and development of the country, which he said, had been slow due to the lukewarm attitude of those piloting the affairs of the nation.
Nigeria, according to him, "is our project. And if you look at the antecedents of Muhammadu Buhari, you will notice that he is still very disciplined and decent to the core".
He observed that apart from the fact that Buhari had never been found wanting, especially in the area of corrupt practices during his tenure as military officer and as a public servant, his regime with the late Tunde Idiagbon, according to him, remained the most "decent and disciplined" administration the country ever had.
Piqued by the high rate of corruption especially among the elected leaders, he suggested the immediate introduction of corruption studies in the school curriculum nationwide.
According to him, if this curriculum is adhered to, corruption would be reduced to the barest minimum as the next generation would eschew corrupt practices.
Okechukwu said the country would develop fast if the citizens avoided religious bigotry.
According to him, the two major religions (Christianity and Islam) contain more of "join us together than divide us".
He also advised Nigerians to ensure the emergence of leaders that would spurt the development of the nation.