“We need to love our country even when things are tough. We do not have any other country to call our own,” Adesina said.

This is what people in government always tell citizens and the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, would not be different.

Whether Nigerians believe them or not, he continued with the usual script that the patriotic zeal of citizens is very important to national development.

He pointed out that no country developed without the patriotic zeal of citizens, noting that patriotism is also an ingredient for nationalism.

The special adviser said the Buhari administration is taking practical steps at realising the Nigerian dream.

“Nigeria is a country blessed with human and material potential. Unfortunately, the Nigerian dream had been deferred for too long.

“We now have an administration that is determined to explore and exploit the country‘s potential for greatness.

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“That is why we are talking about diversification and all that, and we are beginning to see some movements in agriculture, solid minerals and other critical areas.

“We also have Economic Recovery Growth Plan Programme to place the economy on the path of progress and grow the GDP,” he said.

And for the doubting Thomas’s, Adesina said the task of building the Nigeria of everyone’s dream is not the sole responsibility of the president.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians, irrespective of political affiliations, to move in the same development direction with the current administration.

The special adviser identified nepotism, fake news, hate speeches as some of the impediments to development, urging citizens to shun them.

Adesina spoke in Lagos on Thursday, at the 2nd anniversary of Global Patriot Newspaper, an online newspaper.

The theme of the lecture, which also featured awards, was “Patriotism, Untapped Potentials and National Development”.


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