The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu on Wednesdsy 27 April, 2016, launched his book titled, “Who Will Love My Country: Ideas For Building The Nigeria Of Our Dream”.
In delivering his speech, President Mohammadu Bihari who was represented by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said, in writing the book, the author struck the right notes when he enjoined leaders to carry out programmed that will enhance the prosperity, happiness and living conditions of citizens and stressed the need for change in several areas, including attitudinal change, especially as it concerns corruption and impunity and the need for Nigerians to love their country.
“Our 500 billion Naira Social Intervention Fund, which is unprecedented, will, among others, create jobs for 500,000 unemployed graduates and 370,000 unemployed non-graduates; provide loans for 1 million Nigerians, including market men and women as well as artisans, to start up small businesses; feed 4.5 million school children; ensure conditional cash transfers to the most vulnerable (not unemployed graduates) citizens and provide scholarships to students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” he said.
President Buhari challenged Nigerians to make bold efforts to love their country above their individual selves and narrow interests, saying anyone who puts his or her country over and above other interests will not engage in unbridled corruption, divert money meant for public use to private purposes or divert money for the national treasury into private pockets. “When we put the public interest above our personal interests, the society benefits, but when the reverse is the case, the society suffers,” he said.
The President congratulated the author for investing his time and energy in writing such a relevant and well-written book that inspires love of country among Nigerians.