From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
A group, New Nigeria Nationalists has called on Nigerians to be patriotic and re-channel their energy into nation-building rather than give up on the country.
Mr Yinka Quadri, Coordinator of the group made the call while addressing newsmen in Lokoja at the weekend on the sideline of the group’s 45-day self-imposed “New Nigeria Walk” from Lagos to Abuja.
Quadri said that contrary to some perceptions and accepted notions, the nation still had hope as some Nigerians were still very much concerned and committed to cause the rebirth the country desperately needed.
He said that the country had witnessed sustained retrogression in the last 58 years and there was therefore, need to do something about it to advance the country.
According to him, it would be foolhardy as a responsible people and individuals, to bequeath the country in its present state to “our children.”
On the import of the walk which started on January 29, from TBS, Lagos, Quadri said the 25-member team with eight Star Trekkers was not trying to use the walk to turn around the country on its own.
The walk according to him, is just the starting point of a chain that has been designed for the purpose of transforming the Nigerian nation.
“It is also meant to be used to show solidarity with Nigerian people both in the public and private sectors that they are not forgotten and that indeed, Nigeria shall be prosperously great eventually.
“Of course, we are few but those who have changed societies, countries and nation’s were never a huge crowd. It’s just a few committed people who believe in the vision and the possibility of a new nation.
Also speaking, the Lead Walker of the group, Barr Sumbo Ojomo said Nigerians had got to the point where every well-meaning person has to channel his energy into nation building.
“We should be ready to give whatever it takes to put the nation and the future of our children first. There is need for total overhaul of the leadership in this country”, she said.
Mr Lanre Fadahunsi, one of the trekkers, said the group of New Nigeria Nationalists had no god-father anywhere but a Second Force between the old and the new to invoke a national rebirth.
The Nigeria Standard reports that the group continued with the walk after addressing newsmen saying they hope to end it at the National Assembly, Abuja on the 45th day.