Senator Kabiru Gaya, Chairman, Senate Committee on Works, has urged Nigerians to stop castigating the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government.
Gaya said such act will make those in government end up in frustration and consequently take bad decisions.
The lawmaker said rather than criticizing the government, Nigerians should be patient with the President and pray for him as he works towards entrenching good governance.
Addressing journalists on the sidelines of the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly on Sunday at St. Petersburg, Russia, Gaya, who is the Vice President of the IPU, Africa, said Nigerians reserve the right to hold their leaders accountable, but it should be done with caution.
He said, “Nigerians need to be patient with our leaders.
“When you have a leader, you pray hard for them because if you keep on castigating your leader, you will only end up frustrating them or hurrying to take bad decisions.
“So, I urge Nigerians to support the present government and President Muhammadu Buhari, make constructive criticisms and offer advice on the way forward.
“Generally, in any governance in a country where there are crisis or people are oppressed, dialogue is the easiest and best solution.
“This is because unless people open up and express their grievances, there may be no solution and violence is never the answer to any problem.
“Whatever peace cannot give, violence will not give. So it is better to discuss with the people and come up with solutions.
“That is why in Nigeria’s government, most of the time falls back to dialogue.
“For instance, the Biafra and Niger Delta issues were partially resolved on dialogue.
“It is only the issue of Boko Haram that we were not able to resolve with dialogue and you can see the casualty figure.’’
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