Chris Steven, Abuja
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has called for end to the problem of favouritism and nepotism which according to him is the bane of the nation’s developmental efforts in every facets of the nation’s affairs.
El-Rufai, who made this call in Abuja at the presentation of two books on anti-corruption, Know About Corruption and Rebirth of Conscience, said Nigeria can only achieve the desired prosperity when issues of preferential treatment and opportunism are addressed.
His words: “I believe the only way we can regain our way to prosperity and progress is when we have a society that is founded on honesty and hardwork. Not opportunism, not preferential treatment of one group against another.”
While commending the present administration for charting a new path for the country, the Governor however said results of the present efforts in repositioning the country would take a long time to manifest.
The Governor who was the chairman of the books presentation ceremony, said he will purchase 5,000 copies of each of the books for distribution to schools in the state, even as he promised to personally support the author with N1 million.
“Kaduna State government is buying 5,000 copies of each of the books to ensure that each of our primary schools, secondary schools, and tertiary institutions have at least each of the books in their library, so that this process of national orientation will begin in earnest,” he said.
On her part, the author of the two books, Amina Tukur Othman, said she was motivated to write the books in order to contribute her quota in the fight against corruption.
While saying that some schools have embraced the books as parts of their civic education, she called on parents to inculcate the right morals on their children so that when they grow older they won’t depart from it.
In a keynote address, the Guest Speaker, Dr Yusuf Maitama Sule, called for Nigerians to love each other and work together as an indivisible entity.
He said the launch of the books was apt as it is in line with the determined efforts of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to root out corruption from the country.