From Magnus Eze, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has charged Nigerians to value Nigerian history, adding that the critical place of the country in Africa was such that Nigeria cannot fail.
Speaking in Abuja yesterday at the public presentation of “The Nigerian Century,” a compendium of Nigeria’s centenary history edited by foremost journalist, Dare Babarinsa, the president, who was represented by Deputy National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Segun Oni, said the challenges confronting the nation were no reason for the country not to attain the enviable height expected of her as a leader of Africa.
Chairman on the occasion and former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo also urged Nigerians to have a sense of history. He said failure to do so will make planning and implementation of policies and programmes impossible.
Represented by former minister of Health, Prince Julius Adelusi, Obasanjo implored the people not to give up on Nigeria, the present difficulties notwithstanding.
“Don’t give up hope on Nigeria…We should renew our efforts to love Nigeria, to heal Nigeria and to fix Nigeria. It can be done,” he said. He described the book as a major gift to the younger generation.
Book presenter and former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu condemned the teaching of histories of foreign countries in Nigeria by schools owned by foreigners, like the British, Turkish and American schools while Nigerian schools fail to teach Nigerian history.
“Why, then, should we have Nigerian schools in Nigeria that will not teach our own history? How can our children be Nigerians if they don’t know their history?” Tinubu asked rhetorically.
Tinubu, who was represented by the member representing Ikorodu Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Babajimi Benson said it was a wake-up call for governments, both states and federal, to return history into the school curriculum.
Earlier, Babarinsa, in his welcome remarks, said the aim of the book was to fill the knowledge gap in the nation’s education, especially for youths in secondary schools and tertiary institutions.
We’re behind you, Ooni tells Saraki
… Buhari appoints monarch UNN chancellor
From Fred Itua, Abuja and Clement Adeyi, Osogbo
Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, yesterday, threw his weight behind embattled Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and assured of the unflinching support in the face of fresh moves to oust him.
The monarch visited Saraki in his office in Abuja and assured the Senate President that he was readily available whenever he needed his support.
“We are behind you. We are watching you and we are actually looking forward to you. The entire youths of this country, please keep making us proud in things that are supposed to be done appropriately, in terms of making provision and guiding the interests of the youths. Please, work towards that because a lot of youths in this country, do not have hope one way or the other in terms of their pursuits. We need to renew their hope – they are very energetic. There are so many things they (youths) can do. So, I am imploring you.
In his remarks, Saraki said he would also replicate the kind gesture by extending the hand of fellowship to the Ooni.
Yesterday, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Ooni Ogunwusi, as Chancellor of University of Nigeria (UNN). This was contained in a statement by his Director of Media, Mr Moses Olafare. The appointment, the statement said, would help the monarch further build more bridges of friendship and unity, not only in the South-West but also, in the South-East.