A proposal, which includes a new name for Nigeria, restructuring, rapid improvement in foreign direct investment (FDI), proper implementation of the federal character and ethical change, was considered by stakeholders in Abuja in the framework of the means to unite the country, to fight against insecurity and to create a lasting peace.
This was unveiled in an initial 10-year plan by the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), academics, civil society organizations, youth, military and paramilitary organizations, as well as over 70 other organizations that gathered at the closing ceremony of the Citizens Summit.
Unanimously, they stressed the need for urgent actions without political commitment to save the country from collapse.
While some stakeholders stressed the need to empower young people to take charge of the country, others called for the decentralization of power, stressing that peace and security would remain elusive without social justice and a sense of belonging. .
A committee of about 25 members has been set up to implement the 10-year plan, although stakeholders said there is a need for the country to improve taxation and establish zonal development centers across the country. .
Chairman, Access Bank Plc, Ajoritsedere Awosika, in his address at the event, said there was no need to point fingers at accusers but rather to find ways to unite the country.
According to her, the importance of national integration has never been more evident.
NIPR President Mukhtar Sirajo expressed concern about the loss of hope for many, especially young people.
He said the institute’s research points to a growing trust deficit at three levels – between government and citizens, between and among various ethnic and socio-cultural groups, and between citizens as communication between them has plunged.
He added: “Realizing that at the heart of the mandate of the public relations profession is the birth and maintenance of mutually beneficial relationships (and to mend them where they crack or even break down), the institute has arrived at the conclusion that our beloved country, Nigeria, needs more than a shot in the arm in this regard.