Nigerians urged to unite for progress

By Asma'u Halilu

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to contribute towards emancipating the nation from any backwardness working against her progress.

President Buhari’s message was given in a speech at a Kaduna book launch in honour of late Malam Yahaya Hamza which was organized by his foundation.

The book is called “An Educational Icon.”

President Buhari who was represented at the event by Director General National Teachers’ Institute Kaduna, Prof. Dahuwa Azare said, it was the business of everybody to work towards the progress of the country.

“We must reinvent the Nigerian project to enable her join the league of other proud nations of the world,” he said.

He re-echoed the exemplary character of late Malam Yahaya Hamza and urged all to emulate his works and simple life style so that they could also live a fulfill life like he did.

“He is a person who has contributed in the educational sector and the overall National Development, hence, Nigeria is today seriously in need of people who can contribute positively towards socio economic and political development,” he stressed.

In her remarks, Minister of State Budget and Planing, Zainab Ahmad appreciated the efforts of the author, Jibrin Goma for capturing the roles played by Yahaya Hamza while alive in both the book and documentary.

The chief host, Governor Nasiru  El-rufai described Late Yahaya Hamza as a father and a great teacher.

“I was eight years old when I lost my biological father. Losing my father at such a tender age could have steered the course of my life in the wrong direction, but this was not so in my case because my extended family did not allow me feel the void of losing a protector and provider as I was immediately placed in the loving home of my Uncle Alhaji Hamza Gidado; Mallam Yahaya Hamza’s own father,” he explianed.

“I also lived with Mallam Yahaya as I developed a strong bond with his son because according to biology, we are cousins as our fathers were brothers,” he added.

The governor said, they  were all given the gift of education,  both western and Islamic, adding that his journey to self –discovery and self-determination was not smooth, but armed with a sound education and the good moral upbringing.

“As a husband and father, with the help of Almighty God, I am instilling the same virtues I learned from Baba to my own children. The virtues of patience, humility, hard work, and integrity,” he said.

Dignitaries at the event included Prof Ango Abdullahi, Prof Jibril Aminu, Minister of Environment, Hajia Amina Mohammed and her counterpart at Budget and Planing, Mr Udo Udoma.