Nigeria needs unity, peace to achieve breakthrough -Foundation
By Benjamin Arida://
People United in Love and Peace, PULP Foundation, a Non Governmental Organization, NGO, has affirmed that for Nigeria to make noticeable breakthrough, the people of the country must eschew violence and live in unity and peace.
Founder of the Foundation, Dr. Victor James, who spoke during the flagging off of its maiden outreach in Mararaba, Nasarawa State, identified lack of peace and unity as factors responsible for love lost amongst Nigerians.
James, therefore, encouraged participants at the programme to “spread the good news of peace and unity amongst brothers, sisters and parents, telling them of the need to change their mindsets about segregation and unhealthy thoughts against the nation.”
He specifically enjoined Nigerians to develop a positive mindset towards the country, adding that such positive thoughts would propel the nation to greatness.
The America-based philanthropist disclosed that the Foundation, aside its empowerment initiatives, is poised to seek various means to foster love, unity, peace and progress amongst Nigerians.
“This is the first time we are coming publicly to announce the formation of this Foundation. The aim of the Foundation is to do everything we can, to unite our brothers from the North with our brothers from the South.
“It doesn’t cost us money to unite our country, it’s just for us to work on our change of mindsets. I flew all the way from New York, US to Nigeria to speak about the essence, the need for us to live in peace and unity,” he said.
James also enjoined Nigerians to change their habit of negative criticisms and casting slurs at public office holders in the country, noting that foreign investors take their investments to other countries due to the negative notions created by citizens about its public office holders.
According to him, these negative perspectives will do Nigeria no good, stressing the need for Nigerians to put the nation first before religion and ethnicity.
He said: “If you look presently, investors are taking their businesses abroad, away from Nigeria. Nigeria has the manpower, we have the population, we have everything, but because we’re not speaking together as brothers and sisters, everyone is saying that am from Zamfara State therefore it’s only Zamfara people that will do this, am from Abia State therefore only Igbo people will do that, No! We are first and foremost Nigerians.
“We must understand these facts, that is when developments will start and that is when even the international communities will all come back to Nigeria, bringing in their foreign direct investments because they know that Nigeria has the population and manpower.
“We should shun religion if we must progress. We were born here as Nigerians before religion came to play a part in our lives, so, let’s consider ourselves as nothing but Nigerians first before religion.”