President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned in very strong terms the attack on Uzo Uwani community in Enugu state, south eastern Nigeria by suspected herdsmen.
The President, who was represented by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed stated this in Abuja at the public presentation of the book entitled, ‘Who will love my country: Ideas for building a Nigeria of our dreams, written by Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu.
President Buhari said he had directed heads of the security agencies to fish out perpetrators of the violence, secure the area and stop further attacks on the community and other parts of the country.
He commended the author for the message behind his book which he described as apt, as it encourages Nigerians to selflessly commit themselves to the development of the country.
Meanwhile the author of the book and Nigeria’s Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu in his recommendations, called on Nigerian leaders to govern effectively and use power wisely, noting that it was the only way to safeguard the citizens’ interest.
Senator Ekweremadu also challenged Nigerians to show more love for fatherland by rising above tribe, ethnic, religious and political persuasions, with a view to subordinate all the aforementioned interests, to the overriding interest of the country.
According to him, 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.
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 reiterated the fact that he wrote the book, not as the 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.
“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,” he said.
Ekweremadu, further charged Nigerian leaders to “show fidelity to democratic imperatives of accountability and transparency, respect the laws of the land and respect the rights and liberties of citizens.
“Nobody can save or help Nigeria but Nigerians. As Timi Dakolo rightly points out in his thought-provoking song, Great Nation, ‘We are all we have’. That is the message of this book. There is no problem Nigerians cannot solve if we act in good faith, guided by the nation’s best interest.”
A minute silence was also observed in honour of those who were killed in Uzo Uwani in Enugu State as well as other parts of the country, the Deputy President of the Senate said “the sad incident further reinforces the need for this book and the ideas espoused in the book.
The primary responsibility of government is the security of lives and properties of the citizens. We must rethink our security system to serve us better”, he declared.
The book presentation, which had in attendance a retinue of serving and former governors, ministers, party leaders, federal lawmakers, across political divides, was chaired by former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (Rtd), while President Muhammadu Buhari, represented by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed was the Special Guest of Honour.
It also recorded a high turnout of members of the academia, diplomatic corps, and the civil society.