Former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, has described Nigerians as unpatriotic with 70 per cent of them selfish.
He, therefore, called on Nigerians to develop a “national spirit” for the country to move forward.
Okorocha, who currently represents Imo West in the Senate, spoke at an event tagged: “Conversation with Owelle @59,” organized by the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Council, on Monday.
According to the former governor, national spirit will bring about patriotism, peaceful coexistence, and help build stronger institutions and a nation.
Okorocha said, “The country has a population of over 200 million people with vast land and effective human resources.
“But that yet, we are not where we ought to be in growth and development in the country.
“We have three types of citizens, the selfish ones, tribal ones, and patriotic citizens.
“The selfish ones constitute about 70 percent. Our problem is mismanagement of our resources and the near absence of patriotic citizens.
“We have to quickly develop a national spirit which prices glory more than wealth, and honour better than life.
“It is a high spirit because it elevated more than low and vulgar consideration.
“This is what is lacking in the country because we have more selfish and tribes men than patriotic citizens.
“If we have this national spirit, the nation would become strong and begin to command the economies of other countries.”