The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, has advanced reasons for which Nigeria is yet to attain its great position as anticipated at independence.
Onu according to a Daily Trust report, pointed said it is because the values that made the nation’s founding fathers great are missing.
The Minister spoke in Abuja at an event organised by the Pan-Igbo Movement Initiative in honour of Rear Admiral Godwin Kanu Ndubuisi (rtd.) over the weekend.
He said Nigerians should be honest, hardworking and principled if the nation will 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 love 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,” the Science and Technology Minister was quoted to say.
Onu said the life history of the late former governor of Lagos and old Imo States should be made known to the younger generation for them 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), who was also at the event, described Ndubuisi as one who lived an unassuming life.