As the preparation for 2023 general election heat up, a Former President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has advised politicians, irrespective of political parties, to put their 2023 political ambition on hold and focus on solutions to security challenges facing Nigeria.
He gave the advice in Abuja, on Wednesday, at the inauguration of the Peoples Democratic Party National Reconciliation and Strategic Committee.
“It is legitimate for politicians to have ambition (but) this is the time for us to put our ambition on hold,” he said.
Saraki, who is the Chairman of the Reconciliation Committee of the PDP, said the pre-occupation of leaders, for now, should be how to keep the country united, rebuild her institutions and defeat the forces seeking to pull her apart.
He advised political leaders on rebuilding the country’s infrastructure, repositioning it as a respected and responsible member of the international community, making the country truly serve the citizenry, and inspiring patriotism from them.
“Any political party or politician not worried about these issues is not worth the ambition he or she is pursuing.
“We believe that nothing is more important at this point than Nigeria,” Saraki said.
The former senate president promised PDP leadership that members of the reconciliation committee would do their best to accomplish the task assigned to them.
Saraki said that the committee had started working, even before their inauguration, by reaching out to aggrieved members of the party for reconciliation.
“We had already been speaking and meeting with some of our governors who are central to the reconciliation.