The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has called on Nigerian leaders to govern effectively and use power wisely, saying that was the only way to safeguard the citizens’ interest. Besides, he challenged Nigerians to show more love for the fatherland by rising above tribe, ethnic, religious and political persuasions, with a view to subordinating them to the overriding interest of the country.
According to Ekweremadu who spoke on Wednesday at the public presentation of a book, “Who will Love my Country,” which he authored, to love Nigeria, would entail Nigerians to critically revise and reexamine their attitudes, values, and how they treat one another, adding that “it demands of us some sacrifice.” His words: “Are we going to bequeath to them a banner stained by corruption, bad governance, ineffective leadership, ethnicity, slacking moral values, decadence, mediocrity, and sloth? God forbid!”, stressing that Nigeria needed to return to the path of progress and unity charted by the founding fathers.
He said: “If you are on a journey and you find out that you are travelling the wrong road, the right thing to do is to turn back and take the right path. “We must be ready to surrender our perceived narrow advantages to the general good. We must let go, for unless you release the man you are holding to the ground, you would not also be able to move an inch. Now is the time to offer one another a hand of comradeship and together we can move to the Promised Land”, he added.
He reiterated the fact that he wrote the book, not as Deputy President of the Senate, nor as a card carrying member of any political party, but as a patriotic Nigerian, who was concerned about Nigeria’s future, adding: “I lay no claims to having the solutions to Nigeria’s problems; I simply want to challenge and inspire Nigerians to rise above ethnic, partisan and selfish interests and focus more on how to build a better country for us and our children.”