The President and founder, African Broadband Limited, owners of RoyalFM, RoyalTimes and RoyalTV online, Engineer Gbenga Adebayo, has lauded Nigerians for their patience and strong belief in oneness despite their political, ethnic and religious differences.
Engineer Adebayo made the charge in a statement issued to newsmen on Monday to congratulate Nigerians on the occasion of this year’s Democracy Day.
He noted that “the act of patriotism, perseverance and determination to defend our unity by majority of Nigerians is highly commendable and remains an essential tool to make the nation survive at this critical moment.”
While admitting the fact that the nation should have progressed beyond its present state after eighteen years of return to democracy, Adebayo said only a collective pursuit of developmental goals by the government, critical stakeholders and the whole citizenry can fast-track development and help to restore Nigeria’s glorious days.
Adebayo who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Communication Network Support Services Limited, CNSSL, therefore urged Nigerian leaders, to be sincere and selfless in service.
He also urged them to see leadership as a call to serve and not for personal enrichment and opulence.
While emphasizing the indisputable role of the private sector in evolving the nation’s economy, the entrepreneur called on government at all levels to give investors the necessary recognition and support.
He also frowned at bottlenecks such as bureaucracy, prioritization of foreign companies, multiple taxation, favoritism rather than merit, and habitual request for kick-backs.
The business doyen said government must address these challenges as part of measures to create an enabling environment to attract investors and ensure the survival of all scale enterprises.
Reacting to the recent reports of a possible coup plot in Nigeria, the media proprietor condemned any attempt at truncating the nation’s hard-fought democracy, saying that Nigerians must unite to reject such.
He further stressed the need to pay heed to the interest of all political, ethnic and religious divides, in order to forestall such democratic setback.