Chief Olabode George, the former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, has urged Nigerian patriots to reassert their voices in the collective good of Nigeria and give the needed support to the Presidency to succeed.
He spoke in a lecture on "Nigeria, the Search for Collective Sarifice’’ at the late Herbert Macaulay Annual Lecture series on Saturday in Lagos.
George said: "every patriot must stand with President Goodluck Jonathan in this difficult period of the nation's life. We must not intimidate or harass a well-meaning, hyperchallenged national leadership simply because it is the fanciful thing to do.
"As a good patriot, I stand firmly with President Goodluck Jonathan as he grapples with the difficult challenges of governing a highly complex society like our own. He is daily confronted with all the twists and turns of managing the affairs of the nation with a very tasking balancing act.’’
According to the PDP chieftain, the President has a formidable assignment and cannot be perfect. "Voices will still be raised in disagreement. But I am convinced that he means well for this nation.
"Everyone must submit himself or herself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.’’
George, however, condemned the new Lagos State Traffic Law, insisting that it should be immediately scrapped. He assured that a PDP government, if elected in 2015 in Lagos, would never ban commercial motorcyclists in Lagos.
George noted that some of the roads where the commercial motorbikes were restricted in Lagos were federal roads, "so, the Lagos government has no legislative control on such federal government freeways. The restriction, therefore, is a pure legislative anomaly.’’
Also speaking, Mr Owolabi Salis, a 2011 governorship aspirant of the PDP in Lagos, said "no nation grows optimally without sacrifice from its citizens.’’
He urged leaders to ensure that their leadership impacted positively on the citizenry. Earlier in his opening remarks, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, a former Minister of Transport and Aviation and Chairman of the lecture, described Bode George as "the father of Nigerian politics.’’
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some dignitaries who graced the occasion included Nigeria's former Ambassador to Ghana, Sen. Musliu Obanikoro; Dr Ade Dosunmu; Dr Remi Akintoye; and Dr Bimbola Ogunkelu, former Minister of Cooperation and Intergration in Africa.