A one-time Nigeria Permanent Representative at the United Nations and Minister of Foreign
Affairs, Professor Ibrahim Gambari has called for Nigerian political parties to be reformed.
Gambari who stated this at the 4 th Annual lecture 2018 of the National Broadcasting
Commission NBC observed that at present Nigerian political parties were the property of
godfathers and do not serve the interest of Nigerians.
In his words, “there is the need to reform political parties so that they are not the property of
godfathers and when they are reformed they should meet the expectations of Nigerians.”
The professor of political science said elections is not an end in itself and as such more
emphasis should be placed on what happens between elections rather than focusing on the
electioneering process alone.
He called on the youths to get their Permanent Voters Card PVCs and become game changers
while political parties should throw up candidates that have the three ‘C’, i.e. Competence,
Capacity and Character.
The special guest of honor at the occasion, Executive Governor of Borno state, Alhaji Kashim
Shettima said the lecture with the theme ; ‘Broadcasting and Nigeria’s Ethno-cultural and
religious divide: Bridging the gap’ was coming at the right time owing to religious and ethnic
differences which were being manipulated for power.
Governor Shettima who was represented by the Attorney-General and commissioner of Justice
of Borno state, Kaka Shehu Lawal said called on Nigerians to pursue peace and unity while
working for the betterment of the country.
He appealed to broadcasters to be sensitive to their broadcasts to avoid heating up the polity.
In his opening remarks, the Director-General of National Broadcasting Commission, Is’haq
Modibbo Kawu traced the history of the Annual lecture to 2016 when the first lecture was held
with Professor Attahiru Jega as the guest lecturer, subsequently the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji
Sa’ad Abubakar was the guest lecturer in 2017.
He said the commission chose Professor Ibrahim Gambari as guest lecturer because as a
political scientist he served Nigeria meritoriously adding that the governor of Borno state
Kashim Shettima was invited as special guest of honor because of his remarkable sense of duty.
Also speaking was the chairman of NBC and former minister of state for Information, Ikras Bilbis
who said broadcast media can affect people positively or negatively and that Nigerians should
build on credible religious foundation that should unite us and not divide us.
By Peter Inalegwu