Retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, a former head of state, says Nigeria will surmount its current challenges and emerge stronger in the comity of nations.
He stated this at the public presentation of the book “the making of modern Nigeria: From pre-colonial era till date”, published by the sun publishing limited in Abuja on Thursday.
Abdusalami, who was the chairman of the occasion, said that although the country had been through a lot, the future was bright.
“A few days from today, our country will be celebrating its 63rd independence anniversary. It has been 63 years of continuous efforts at making the country better and for us as a nation to achieve our full potential.
“We have seen the good. We have seen the bad. And we hope for the best in the future.
“Nigeria is, no doubt, going through some challenges. No matter what we think or say, this prevailing atmosphere of faltering steps, great anxiety, and recriminations is not peculiar to Nigeria. It is a global phenomenon.
“The good news is that we have all it takes to surmount our challenges and press forward for a better Nigeria. To make this happen, all hands must be on deck to change our trajectory and make it possible for Nigeria to have its pride of place in the comity of nations,” he said.
Abdusalami said that a necessary first step for the much-desired progress was to examine how the past was charted, stating that was where the unveiled book became auspicious.
He said that when Nigerians knew about the country, they would have invaluable insights to understanding the present-day challenges and the way out of the quagmire.
“Knowing Nigeria’s rich past and its present will serve as a springboard for us to work for the realization of a Nigeria of our collective aspirations and dreams in the no distant future.
“I believe that the Nigeria of our dream is possible when we contribute our quota with every sense of patriotism and nationalism,” he said.
Abdusalami called on young Nigerians to rise up and contribute their quota to the development of Nigeria.
“It is commendable that this book is dedicated to Nigeria’s founding fathers and those who believe that some good will still come out of the country.
“Our generation has played its part for the making of a modern Nigeria. The future belongs to the rising generation.
“It is therefore for todays and future generations to play their roles for the making of a supersonic Nigeria,’’ he said.
Abdusalami said that the post-independence Nigeria had continued to struggle for enduring success in an increasingly complex and competitive world and called on Nigerians and friends of the country to join hands in making Nigeria better and greater.
“This we can do by ensuring, peace reigns in our Country, being each other’s keeper. We should also support our Security Agencies in whatever way we can.
“The Sun Publishing Company, by this book, that we are here to unveil, has played its own part creditably.
“It is left for us here and those not here to not only acquire the book but also read it, in order to understand Nigeria and Nigerians. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommend this book to you,” he said.
In his address, the Editor-in-Chief, the Sun Publishing Ltd, Mr Onuoha Ukeh, described the book as a book on Nigeria by Nigeria, a project that took extensive research, time, energy and intellectualism to tell the history of the country.
Ukeh said that the project which started in early in 2020 by the Sun Publishing Limited, Bridgehead Communication Limited and Compact Communications, Limited was conceived, with the target of using it to commemorate the 60th independence anniversary of Nigeria.
He said that the project at the conception was titled Diamond Nigeria, but due to COVID-19 epidemics the book was put on hold, adding that it was after the pandemic that full attention was given to the project, with a change of concept and focus.
He said while the book was completed in 2022 the preparations for the general election and the conduct of the election, delayed the public presentation.
“This book is a work that tells the Nigerian story, highlighting different aspects of our national life. It talks about events, people, institutions and places. It is a book on Nigeria by Nigerians,“ he said.
Ukeh urged Nigerian children to learn the history of the country.
‘’Our children and students deserve to learn history in school and at home too.
“Thankfully, History as a subject is back in the curriculum of Nigerian schools. The earlier suspension of the subject could have made our children have limited knowledge of our history.
“The study of history is an education on a tribe, country, the people and traditions.
“No matter how dark a people’s history may be at any particular time and the fear that its remembrance could affect national peace and cohesion, the children should know the history generally.
“Countries with worse historical challenges teach history in their schools. It is, therefore, good that Nigeria has reintroduce history,’’ he said.
He added that if students avoided the subject in the past, one way for it to stay and flourish was to make it compulsory in all years in junior secondary school and then optional in senior secondary.
“That way, nobody would pass through secondary school without offering the subject at one time or another. In the university, Nigerian history should also be a compulsory General Studies (GNS) course for all courses in first year,” Ukeh said.
He said that the book was for general use, research and for teaching.
“After reading the book, our children would be inspired by the fact that there was a time when vehicles were manufactured in Nigeria – Peugeot, Volkswagen, etc.
“Reading the book, they would be proud that a Nigerian woman once won the Miss World – Agbani Darego,” he said.
The Chairman/Publisher, the Sun Publishing Limited, Mrs Neya Kalu, in her remarks, said that the book was not merely ink on paper but about the history of Nigeria.
Kalu commending the contributions of all stakeholders to the success of the book said it was important to the future of the country.
“We cannot change the past, but we can change our blindness to the past.
“The Making of Nigeria cannot begin without taking note of our history and this is what this book was created to achieve.
“We take you through Nigeria’s journey in former years and how that has influenced her later years.
“It asks us to open our minds, to engage our heroes’ past and all the formidable Nigerians who have paved the way for us all.
“In the pages of this book, we will find heroes from public to private institutions, politics, sports, education and the arts and perhaps a reflection of our own hopes, fears, and dreams,” she said. (NAN)
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ICRC Trains 25 Journalists on First Aid Treatment in Yola
From Yagana Ali, Yola.
The International Committee of the Red Cross(ICRC) has organized a three -day training for 25 journalists on effective First Aid Treatment to prospective casualties.
The workshop, which took place in Yola drew the beneficiaries from different media houses across the state.
In a presentation, Communication Field Officer of the organization, Lemdi Edmond took the participants memory lane from its cradle to limelight.
He pointed out that ICRC intervenes basically in crises involving armed conflicts translating to man -made or unnatural disasters.
Edmond further explained that while the International Federation of the Red Cross intervenes in the area of natural disasters, like flood and earthquake, the National Red Cross Societies handles both natural and man – made situations.
The Communication Field Officer identified seven principles of the Committee to include humanity, impartiality,Neutrality and independence among others.
On their parts, First Aid and Pre-hospital Care Field Office Yola and Abuja respectively, Charity Maxwell and Daniel Ebodor jointly exposed the participants to the meaning, relevance and significance of the First Aid.
They maintained that First Aids basically aimed to save life, prevent condition from further deteriorating and promote speedy recovery.
They identified truthfulness, sympathy, resourcefulness, tolerance and empathy among others as qualities of a good First Aider.
The duo also enumerated and extensively explained Primary Survey variables relating to First Aid as Danger, Response, Airway, Breathing and chest compression.
Interestingly, the participants were vigorously engaged in practical First Aid treatment on various aspects having to do with Burns, Fainting, Fracture and bleeding among others.
Highlights of the training were questions and answers, presentation of certificate and First Aid Kits to the participants
Newspaper Proprietors Decry Harsh Economy, Seek FG Bailout
By David Torough, Abuja
The Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), on Thursday, urged the Federal Government to support the print media to prevent it from going extinct.
Members of NPAN said this in Abuja, during a Business Lunch for some of their colleagues who were recently appointed as ministers.
Four members of the association were recently appointed as ministers by President Bola Tinubu.
They include Wale Edun, Minister of Finance and Coordinating Economy; Mr Dele Alake, Minister of Solid Minerals Development; Alhaji Mohammed Idris Malagi, Minister of Information and National Orientation, and Hannatu Musawa, Minister of Art, Culture and Creative Economy.
The President of NPAN, Malam Kabir Yusuf, said that the media deserved to be supported because it played an integral role in national development.
Yusuf commended Tinubu for finding so many members of the association worthy to be appointed as ministers.
The publisher of Vanguard Newspapers, and life patron of NPAN, Mr Sam Amuka, said that it was commendable to have four of his colleagues as ministers.
He advised the ministers to represent the association well, urging them to use their influence in government to ensure a free press.
“Let the Newspapers Breathe,” he told the Ministers as he emphasised the need for Federal government intervention to save the Newspaper industry from imminent collapse.
“The Newspapers are losing revenues everyday,” Amuka stated.
In his response, the Finance Minister, Wale Edun, assured the association that Tinubu’s economic reforms would be beneficial to all individuals and groups within the country.
Edun urged members of NPAN to support the government by being factual and objective in their reportage.
Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dele Alake, who described himself as an NPAN ambassador in government, urged journalists to be analytical and to always resist the temptation to peddle falsehood.
“Do not join the crowd to peddle falsehood, ” he said.
The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, described himself as the luckiest information minister in history.
Malagi said that his plan was to change the face of government communication.
“Trust in the communication coming out of government will be encouraged.
“I will not tell lies; I will say it the way it is. You people should also report it the way it is, ” he said.
He said that the government would also take steps to restore the integrity of public broadcasting by equipping and empowering government-owned broadcast houses.
Also present at the business lunch was veteran journalist and former governor of Ogun State, Chief Segun Osoba, as well as prominent senior Nigerian journalists, proprietors, President of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and that of Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), Eze Anaba( additional reports from NAN)
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