Kalu, who spoke recently at the British House of Commons in the United Kingdom, said: “there is so much tension in the land.We should play politics without bitterness, afterall, government is about service to the people. I want to see General Buhari sweat it out in a friendly squash game with Dr Jonathan. How sweet it would sound to find the First Lady in the Ikoyi home of Senator Tinubu serving herself dinner. That is the kind of atmosphere that, I wish my country.”
The ex-governor recalled that in the Second Republic, Chief Obafemi Awolowo accepted national honour from president Shehu Shagari, even as an opposition figure.
“Papa Awo received Shagari’s compliments, party politics was set aside. Even Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe did not reject the Mercedes birthday gift the then president sent to the Owelle.They respected Shagari as much as he regarded them,” Kalu added.
While urging politicians to be dynamic in their pursuits, Kalu noted that “We could serve in any capacity as long as we have the interest of Nigerians” and went on to cite various examples of politicians who occupied low positions after serving in higher positions of authority.”
He recalled that “Shagari was Local government chairman after his tenure as minister. Adeniran Ogunsanya, Maitama Sule were state commissioners after service as Federal ministers. Even Buhari served in the Abacha government, and first Nigerian Inspector-General of Police Loius Edet was a state Commissioner afterwards.That is service. I wish this country peace”, Kalu said.