By Abdulrahman Zakariyau
Senate President, Bukola Saraki has challenged all politicians and Nigerians to put the unity of Nigeria at the front burner in all they do.
Saraki stated this yesterday during the Northern Union 5th Anniversary lecture organised in honour of his father and Second republic Leader of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Olusola Saraki, at the NAF officers mess, Abuja.
The younger Saraki said, “Before we talk about restructuring we must talk about unity of this country. To do that, we must be patriotic and not afraid to do the right thing. We all know what the right things are at this time, but we are never ready to stand and do the right for this country.
“It is courage that we all need today, the courage to do what is rightfor this country. The courage to put Nigeria first, not our state, not our religion and not where we come from. We all need to put Nigeria first for meaningful development,” he said.
Earlier in a lecture entitled “National Unity and the Future of Nigeria”, guest speaker and former Nigerian Ambassador to Canada, Prof Iyorwuese Hagher, said Nigeria’s time has been spent on unnecessary issues, saying it is now time for countrymen to get things right or allow the future to be bleak.
“There is urgent need for our leaders to do the right thing and put the country back on track. The unity and democracy of Nigeria is threatened, we all need to work harder and collectively for meaningful development,” he reiterated.
In his remark, Chairman Northern Union and former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Prof Ango Abdullahi said the 5th Year Anniversary lecture in honour of late Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki was a stimulant to restore national unity.
He said, given our recent experiences, “there is still a lot of work ahead of all Nigerians and this work has to go on until perhaps we achieve this ultimate objective of uniting the country and get people to work together so that Nigeria can move forward as fast as possible.”