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Don’t engage recycled politicians, Onovo advises incoming govt

Posted: Apr 24, 2015 at 7:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Temidayo Akinsuyi – Lagos
Presidential Candidate of the National Conscience Party (NCP) in the just concluded general elections, Martin Onovo, on Thursday urged the All Progressives Congress (APC) to avoid recycling old and over-used politicians when it took over power.
Onovo, who gave the charge when the Pan-African Students Congress (PASCON) gave him an award in Lagos, also called for a government of national unity.
PASCON, the umbrella body of students in 51 African countries, gave Onovo the “Pan-African Icon Award of Excellence.”
Speaking with newsmen after the award, Onovo said that for the success of the APC-led administration, recycled politicians must give room for national development.
“This group of old people has a lot of self-interest stopping them from fighting corruption. The new administration should be a merger between old and new. If we continue with business as usual, then sorry for Nigeria,” he said, adding that the most important thing and the only way forward for Nigeria today was the government of national unity.
“If we keep fighting, four years will pass. Our objective should be national development. If we do not have synergy, our effectiveness will be compromised.
“APC campaign priority, corruption, is a good one as Nigeria cannot go anywhere without tackling it.
“There is need to improve on power generation. If we don’t power the economy it will not grow,” he said.
He said he accepted the PASCON award because as a student at the University of Ibadan, he was a student leader and also to help him continue to contribute his quota in helping African Students who remain the most strategic group for Africa’s future.
In his speech, the PASCON president, Degboe Ayih, from Malawi, said that Onovo was chosen for the award because of his contributions to the growth of education and students in Nigeria.
“The Pan-African Students Congress Conference held at the University of Livingstonia, Malawi, where Onovo’s contributions to education were brought to the front burner by PASCON Nigerian representatives,” he said.
He expressed worry at the xenophobia attacks in South Africa and urged the country’s government to stop it to avoid a spillover to other countries.