Malam Bashir Yankuzu, of the Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna has called on youths to learned from the sacrifices of the founding fathers as Nigeria celebrates its 57th Independence.
Yankuzu, who lectures in the Department of Educational services told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Saturday that the struggled of the past heroes should not be in vain.
“Nigeria is celebrating 57 years of independence but many children born during that period are now adults or even occupying positions of leadership but many of them do not have clear knowledge of what the country passed through before attaining independence,” he said.
He attributed this lack of knowledge to why many were agitating for secession.
“What led to the first Biafra, how the war was fought and how the country finally became one as well the statements of those who finally surrendered to the Nigerian Army need to be well known by these agitators,” he said.
He said that at leadership level, the citizens needed to be more enlightened on why and how to call their leaders to account for resources earmarked for development.
Yankuzu said that agitators for secession for example should
channel their grievances correctly and hold their leaders accountable for the kind of roles they played in past regimes, if they had done that, the country would be a better place to live in.
“The independence celebration is coming at a strategic time of Ashura that Muslims are fasting in appreciation of safety Allah granted for Prophet Musa and his followers.
“It is my prayer that Allah will save our nation under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari from the terrible state it has become,’’ he said.
He called on Nigerians to be patient and support the effort of the present administration in its effort to fight corruption “to a standstill’’.