Anambra State Governor Peter Obi has urged Nigerians to be patriotic and put the nation’s interest above other considerations.
“Our patriotism should go beyond political party affiliation and other sentiments if, indeed, we want to see the country move to a higher level,’’ Obi said yesterday after unveiling the statue of Chief Chukwuemeka Ojukwu’s at the Nkpor Roundabout by Obosi Road, near Onitsha, Anambra.
He also renamed the roundabout after the late statesman and founder of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
“It is now to be known as Ojukwu Roundabout, Nkpor’’, Obi said, adding that the country would be a better place “if each one of us sees himself as his brothers’ keeper and help to contribute to community and state development efforts.
“As I am unveiling this statue of our great leader and founder of our great party, APGA, it is necessary that all should remember and imbibe the virtues of brotherhood, nationhood and love that Ojukwu exhibited so that the country can move forward.’’
Mr Ralph Nnabuife, Chairman, Idemili North Local Government, said the council embarked on the project to beautify the roundabout. Nnabuife said the statue would serve as a means of renaissance of Ojukwu.
He said: “We as Idemili people want to immortalise him and make him fresh in our memories and that of our children.
“And by so doing, mould the character of our children and youths to aspire for greatness and still maintain the bands of brotherhood as Ojukwu did.
“This is one good way of making sure that they develop in life while still remembering home and the country in general.”