Mrs Bisayo Busari-Akinadeju made the suggestion at a conference tagged: “I am a Nigerian Conference” and unveiling of a book titled: ‘’Project One Nigerian’’ organised by Project One, a Non-Governmental Organisation, on Thursday in Abuja.
She called on Nigeria government to adopt a system where every child born in Nigeria would be welcomed with a baby packages as is being done in other world.
“Currently, what is on the table for Nigerians right now is what we called ” Wake up Nigerian Child” that came from my personal experience.
“When my child was handed over to me in United States in a blanket with American colour and I felt fantastic so that’s the way they want to welcome their own American citizen even though is also a Nigerian.
Here in this country, you hear people saying I never received anything from government. Why not start this way- Welcome to Nigeria baby package containing all what not you can give a new born baby so in the next three months, you must have reached over one thousand rural women, and that’s a way of welcoming every child born in Nigeria in a grand style. It will give them sense of identity as they grow,” she said.
Mrs Bisayo Busari-Akinadeju, who is also the convener of the conference explained further that the conference was designed to start a new thing in Nigeria towards achieving a truly prosperous nation.
She added, that ‘Project One’ was committed to reawakening the national consciousness of Nigerians especially the youths, who are the future and glory of the nation by mentoring them to inscribe their identities as Nigerians, adding that it was one’s identity that unlocks his or her potential.
“The book book which is titled ‘’Project One Nigerian’’ has a core message that says, unlock your potential through your identity and it is about one Nigerian to move the motion and let everybody follow suit.
“I am a Nigerian conference has come to stay and it is an annual programme that would focus on essay competition and recognition of those that have contributed positively for Nigeria”, she said.
Earlier on, during opening ceremony remark, the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo duly represented by Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande seized the opportunity to task Nigerian youths to believe and work for the unity of Nigeria so to make the country great, and they shoukd avoid divisible ideas irrespective of the religion and ethnicity.
According to him, we are all familiar with the debates and the controversies about what Nigeria is and what is not. He says, “The point here is that even though we have differences; religious differences, ethnic differences among others, the fact that we have the potential of turning that diversity to strength supersede these differences.
“If we remain as Nigerians, we have a better chance of prosperity, development and a better chance of building a reputation that will be far exceeding rather than going different ways
Today some are suggesting that we must go back to our ethnic nationalities from which Nigeria was formed.
“They say secession is answer to the issues of marginalisation; they argued that secession from Nigerian state will ultimately result in successful smaller states.
“The idea opined very convincingly that Nigeria is just a colonial contraction that cannot endure.
“Our position is that no country is perfect. Around the world, we have seen and continue to see expressions or intra-national discontent that is not peculiar to Nigeria’’ he said.
Osinbajo stated that many countries have made effort to stay together, adding that there was power and strength in diversity.
He added that the greatest countries in the world were those that did not contemplate secession even in the face their internal disagreements but struggled to stay together.
According to him, research has shown that those who scored high in diversity turned out to be more innovative and successful than those less diverse groups.
“One of the strength of diversity is that it has a bigger and better pool to bring out resources, manpower and ideas that can really make significant impact.
The more beneficial option for us individually and collectively is for us to apply the effort and the patience required to understand one another and to progressively aspire to create one nation in peace and unity.
There are are tremendous reasons we should affirm our ‘Nigerianess’ that our individual prosperity can be better achieved than being separate,” he said.
The acting president said that the disagreements among various nationalities were the basis of our democracy, adding that the government guaranteed the freedom of Nigerians to associate and interact.
He said the ‘’I am a Nigerian Conference’’ was a pointer to the fact that there is prosperity for every Nigerian if the people resolved to stay united and build a better Nigeria.
According to him, him, if young people insist on good governance, fighting corruption and get involved in political process and demand a better service from office holders the country would be better.
Pamela Ogwata reports