A former Governor of Bayelsa State and fugitive from the law, Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha, on Monday called on Nigerians to imbibe a patriotic spirit as the nation marks her 53rd Independence anniversary today.
Mr. Alamieyeseigha said in Port Harcourt that Nigerians should put forward useful ideas that could move the nation forward.
“As the nation marks her 53rd Independence, Nigerians must put in individual ideas and selfless services geared toward improving the country,” he said.
The former governor noted that although the country had recently experienced some challenges in her democracy, it had also recorded numerous achievements.
According to him, the political crisis in the country is an experience necessary for preparing the country for future challenges.
Mr. Alamieyeseigha, however, cautioned some Nigerians, who had subjected the country to crises urging them to refrain from such unpatriotic acts.
He said patriotism was a task for all citizens, urging Nigerians to be their own agents of change for a better society.
“Man is the change agent not the institution. Man has the ability to change any institution; so if Nigeria will be better, it depends on us.
“Good governance is a task for every Nigerian. We should change our negative attitudes and develop positive ones. It’s our duty to serve our country as agents for positive change.
“Our culture, attitude to work, leadership and followership obligations must be rededicated to the realisation of true a democracy in the country,” he said.
Mr. Alamieyeseigha, an ex-convict, who was granted a controversial state pardon earlier this year by his former deputy now president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, is wanted by U.K. authorities for jumping bail after he was arrested for money laundering.
The U.K. government has already written to the federal government seeking Mr. Alamieyeseigha’s extradition to England to face trial.