Be patriotic, stop casting Nigeria in bad light – Governor Masari








Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has called on Nigerian elite to be more supportive of the Federal Government by avoiding unpatriotic conduct which casts the country in bad light.

Governor Masari disclosed this in a press statement made available to Nectes Gospel Media on Thursday by the state Director General Media, Abdul Labaran Malumfashi, ahead of the Eid-el-Kabir festival slated for Tuesday.

Governor Masari spoke against the backdrop of recent calls by prominent Nigerians, on international bodies and foreign powers to forcefully interfere in the nation’s internal affairs vis-a-vis the security situation in the country.

“As a sovereign nation, Nigeria deserves the respect of foreign nations whatever their status on the global stage may be.

“For any compatriot to wilfully call on foreign powers to meddle in the internal affairs of Nigeria, is to display the highest level of unpatriotism.

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“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,” Masari said.

Masari charged the Nigerian elite “to borrow a leaf from their counterparts among the foreign powers and guard Nigeria’s sovereignty jealously.

According to the Katsina Governor, the elites in advanced countries partner with the government to protect and advance the interest of their nation.

“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,” Masari said

The Katsina State Governor noted that the nation’s “adversities do not respect any boundaries, be they religious, ethnic or regional warning those who wrap the insecurity situation in the country in a religious and ethnic cloak.

“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,” he said.

While calling for more commitments and prayers from Nigerians for the continued survival of the nation as one corporate entity, he urged Muslims to look beyond the merriments and focus on the lesson of the Eid-el-Kabir, which is sacrifice in obedience to the Command of the Creator, Allah (SWT).

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