Ahead of the inauguration of the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, the Principal Consultant of the Lagos Land Use Charge, Mr. Omodele Ibrahim, has urged the former Lagos State governor to resuscitate national orientation programmes that will further entrench patriotism among Nigerians.
According to a statement, Omodele, who worked directly with Tinubu during the latter’s tenure as Lagos State Governor, said that the critical role of national orientation to cement patriotic values is practised globally and is crucial in advancing Nigeria among the comity of nations.
Omodele, a Lagos-based lawyer who is the president of Epe Ogunmodede Club, said that as the nation ushers in a new era under Tinubu’s leadership, calls for the revival of national orientation programmes have grown louder.
Omodele stressed that in an increasingly interconnected world, the power of patriotism cannot be underestimated since it serves as the adhesive that binds a diverse nation together, fostering a deep sense of belonging, and propelling citizens towards a shared vision of progress.
“By instilling a strong sense of national pride, orientation programmes can enhance social cohesion, promote inclusivity, and bridge societal divides, paving the way for a more prosperous and united nation.
“Through education, engagement, and awareness campaigns, these programmes empower citizens to actively participate in the democratic process, contribute to the betterment of their communities, and uphold the nation’s values.
“This renewed commitment to civic duty and responsible citizenship can catalyse grassroots movements, fuel social innovation, and spur development initiatives from the bottom to the top,” he said.