The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, says Nigeria is yet to attain its great position as anticipated at independence because the values that made the nation’s founding fathers great are missing.
He spoke in Abuja weekend during at an event organised by the Pan-Igbo Movement Initiative in honour of Rear Admiral Godwin Kanu Ndubuisi (rtd.).
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Onu said Nigerians should be honest, hardworking and principled for the nation to attain enviable heights.
“Our nation, at independence, the whole world said Nigeria was going to be one of the greatest nations on earth and we will still be by the grace of God. But there are certain values that made our fathers very great, those values are no more taken seriously as they were in the past.
“Adminral Ndubuisi Kanu represented those values, the value of honesty, hard work, principle and to show live for others. These are the values that we need to inculcate into our young people and they will lay the foundation for Nigeria to quickly get to where all of us wants it to be.”
Onu said the life history of the late former governor of Lagos and old Imo States should be made known for the younger generation to know that “character is important, good behaviour is very important and standing on principle can make a lot of difference.”
A former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Azubuike Ihejirika (rtd), said Ndubuisi lived an unassuming life.