Don't Write Me Off- Tukur Tells Younger Politicians

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, on Tuesday told younger politicians not to write him off, adding that he is not a spent force politically.

Tukur who stated this in his 78th birthday message to the nation, appealed to younger politicians to show deserved respect to their senior compatriots.

The party chairman further said peace and cooperation between old and younger politicians was critical to ensuring rapid development in the country.

He said: "I have benefited tremendously from the Nigerian society. At my age, I feel obliged at this point to give back to the society the benefit of my experience. Experience, they say, is the best teacher and experience is a commodity of inherently high value. Experience counts.

"I want to appeal to younger politicians to show deserved respect to their senior compatriots. We, the older politicians, should not be written off yet or regarded as spent political forces. We are still relevant to the Nation and the younger politicians will benefit greatly from our experience, wise counsel, guidance and discipline.

"Our dear Country will progress more rapidly with the right blend of old and young politicians. This will facilitate cross-fertilization of ideas and frank exchange of view on how to move the country forward. No young generation which treats her old and experienced statesmen without respect and decorum ever succeeds."

Tukur further admonished that nothing can be achieved in an atmosphere of disunity, adding that peace was invaluable and was the minimum condition for development.

"I preach peace to all politicians and Nigerians alike. Peace is invaluable. It is the minimum condition for development. It is the foundation for friendly and mutual concourse. It is perhaps the most important element requisite for meaningful and sustainable progress of any nation.
“Nigerians should eschew violence, terrorism, brigandage and lawlessness. Politicians should embrace peace so that we will all enjoy the dividends of our democracy in full."

He further thanked God almighty for the gift of life and for clocking 78 years. "I remain eternally grateful, humble and challenged to make Nigeria a better place than I met it. I pray that Nigeria will be great, strong and prosperous." he said.

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