The Federal Government has expressed concern over the loss of faith in elected leaders and has called for national discourse on reorientation.
Mohammed Idris, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, stated this while fielding questions from State House correspondents after meeting behind closed doors with President Bola Tinubu at the presidential villa, Abuja on Wednesday, October 18.
The minister noted that the belief in the concept of nationhood and patriotism had broken down, saying the president had now given him the marching orders to initiate a program to reconstruct it.
“Well, of course, you know that the belief in the concept of nationhood and patriotism has broken down in this country. This is not in doubt. We’re trying to rebuild that, to reconstruct that.
Mr. President gave me a marching order to see that Nigerians believe in this country once again. We’re coming up with a national discourse on orientation or reorientation so that Nigerians can believe in their country.
You know that people don’t even believe leaders that they themselves have elected. Flags are not flying anymore. You go to the government overseas, you don’t even see the symbol of our collective existence, flying even in public buildings.
We’re bringing that about, we are bringing back this concept of discipline that Nigerians should have. Patriotism. Belief in the nationhood that our founding fathers have told us.
So it is going to be a new minister of Information and national orientation and national orientation is going to be at the center of it.”