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Lawan, Wike, others advocate equity, fairness

Senate President Ahmed Lawan speaking at the public presentation of the book entitled the foundations of Nigeria’s Unity, written by Prof. Sandy Onor

Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike and other prominent Nigerians have stressed the imperative of unity in Nigeria.

The leaders made the call in Abuja on Wednesday during the public presentation of the book titled, “Foundation of Nigeria’s Unity,” written by the Senator representing Cross River Central Senatorial District, Prof. Sandy Onor.

The book examined the path to nationhood by putting the nation’s history into context towards national unity.

It also gave an insight into Prof. Sandy’s leadership ideologies with regards to national development and unity, in addition to the Cross River parliamentarian’s life history and achievements at the Senate amongst others.

Speaking, Lawan, who was the special guest of honour, said leaders should take up responsibility by looking into issues when citizens lay complaints since they’re the only ones to attend to the needs of the citizens.

He said, “Our fathers were a diverse group of people but they decided to come together. The challenge is now ours, the leaders of Nigeria to ensure unity. When leaders lead well ethnicity will not matter, religion will not matter, what matters will be unity and is doable.

“Therefore, I feel we are challenged. This book is telling us that we have to go back to our roots. The rest of us are supposed to work assiduously and make Nigeria a country where we want to be.”

On his part, the book presenter, Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike stressed the need for equity and fairness, both at Federal and State levels in achieving the desired unity.

Wike who was represented by the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice of Rivers State, Prof. Zacchaeus Adangor said Nigeria needed to go back to the fundamental principles of her federal arrangement.

“Until we begin to rate the Nigerian states on the basis of equity and fairness we can never achieve our dream. As a state we are committed to the unity of this country by ensuring fairness, equity and justice,” he said.

Chairman of the occasion and former senate President, Bukola Saraki, said Nigeria should use her diversity as a blessing.

Senator Bukola represented by the immediate past governor of Kwara state, Alh Abdulfatah Ahmed, Saraki said for the country to move forward, unity is very critical in achieving the target.

Writing by Daniel Adejo