Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has urged the leadership in Nigeria to sacrifice to overcome drawbacks that beset the country to enable it to provide the arrowhead for the advancement of the continent.
“Nigeria has every asset needed to evolve into a strong, stable and prosperous state with powerful strategic influence spanning the entire continent of Africa and beyond.
“Unfortunately, however, this resourcefulness has not as yet impacted fully to the advantage of the nation as a whole, or to the rest of the continent which expects Nigeria to become a major growth pole.
“With the appropriate policies and institutions in place, Nigeria can fulfill this expectation and also join the BRICS nations,” former President Kufuor said in a statement made available to the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Thursday.
Ex-President Kufuor was speaking at Nigeria’s 52nd Independence Day Anniversary Lecture in Abuja, which was attended by high ranking officials including President Goodluck Johnathan, Vice-President Namadi Sambo, and other government officials, the statement said.
Speaking on the topic; “Nigeria – Security, Development and National Transformation,” former President Kufuor called for close collaboration among political leadership, businesses, public organizations and civil society to ensure that peace was guaranteed to help bring stability and development.
He said: “If there is no security, there is no liberty, and if there is no liberty, life reverts back to the law of the jungle – the survival of the fittest.
He said security thus anchored the attractiveness for investment capital, citizens productivity and ultimately the overall success of an economy.
Former President Kufuor is expected back on 2nd October, 2012. GNA