Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, Chief Whip of the Nigerian Senate, has urged Nigerians to prioritize national unity over ongoing intrigues and strategies for future elections ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Senator Kalu, who represents Abia North District in the Senate, made the call on Wednesday in Abuja after receiving the traditional title of Kibiya (Arrow) of Argungu Emirate in Kebbi State from the Emir, Alhaji Mohammed Mera.
In response to a question about whether he would run for President in 2023, the lawmaker stated that he would prefer to return to the Senate rather than run for President, but emphasized that what should be of interest to all Nigerians now is national unity, not politics in 2023.
“There must be a United Nigeria first, before talking of 2023. Solving the problems of banditry, insurgency, kidnapping etc, should be the focus of all Nigerians now and not politics of 2023 by politicians,” Kalu stated.
He added, “All hands have to be on deck in achieving peace and unity in the country. Government alone cannot do it, Nigerians must support the concerted efforts being made by governments at all levels.
“For any politician to become President, governor, senator or whatever in 2023, there must be peace in the land first, the very reason why all politicians and particularly public office holders across political divides should come together in stemming the tide of violence and disunity in the country.”
Orji Uzor Kalu was the former governor of Abia State, Nigeria.