Former Commonwealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to work with all the regions of the country for the realisation of a better Nigeria in 2016.
In a press statement made available to our correspondent, the diplomat said that the challenges before the present administration calls for collaborative response from all the citizens.
According to him, 2016 inspires hope of a real change for the better in Nigeria’s national circumstances when pervading insecurity in Nigeria would be brought under control.
He also expressed hope that corruption which had remained the greatest bane to national development would be effectively tackled.
“The infrastructural deficit in power supply, transportation including roads, education and health will receive attention.
“Youth unemployment together with the widespread poverty of the masses will be productively addressed,” the statement quoted Anyaoku as saying.
The elder statesman described 2015 as a year of historic events which began with insecurity and devastation in the north-eastern part of the country.
He said the outgoing year also witnessed growing threat of destructive violence to the national electoral process with potential unacceptable consequences for the integrity of the nation.
He said: “But thanks to the initiative by some elder-statesmen which led to signing of the Abuja Accord of violence-free campaigns by the 14 presidential candidates and their political parties.
“The elections were peaceful which enabled the country to progress its evolving democracy by having for the first time a peaceful change of government from a ruling to an opposition party.”