The Senator-elect for Akwa Ibom South Senatorial District, Dr Ekong Sampson, has urged Nigerians not to dwell on the errors of the colonial masters but strive for the unification of the country.
He said though the colonial masters had committed their errors in the past, the country must move away from them and begin to manage its diversity to become a great nation.
The Senator-elect spoke during a one-day symposium tagged; ‘Open House’ organised by the Uyo Book Club at Watbridge Hotel in Uyo, weekend.
The central theme of the event was: “Lord Fredrick Lugard – Hero or Villain: a Paradigm on Nigeria’s Post-inauguration Democracy.”
Ekong further stated that for the country to attain its spot among the committee of great nations, it must start to retrace its steps from nepotism, favouritism, and meddling politics with policies.
He said, “At this point, we should allow Lord Lugard and other colonial masters to rest in peace. Our major problem as a nation is the management of our diversity.
“If we expected that someone like Lord Lugard would love us more than we should love ourselves, then we are living in a dreamland. We must work hard to develop ourselves and not wait for foreigners to come and do it for us.”