A member of the House of Representatives and the Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Hon. Yusuf Buba Yakub has called on the Federal Government to honour outstanding Nigerians who have brought accolades and honour to the country in foreign lands.
Yakub who represents Gombi/Hong Federal Constituency of Adamawa state in a statement he issued in Abuja earlier in the week enumerated list of Nigerians who has made the country proud in various ways as deserving of national recognition in other to encourage others to key in to the new renaissance while promoting the image of Nigeria and Nigerians abroad.
The lawmaker specifically mentioned Mr. Steve Ikenna Nweke, a Nigerian doctoral student in a Japanese university who voluntarily returned a wallet filled with money and other valuables he had picked in a restaurant. Hon. Yakub said that the action of the young scholar will a go a long way to improve the image of travelling Nigerians who are usually subjected to series of dehumanizing frisking in various airport outside Nigeria.
“Mr. Nweke, who is a Doctoral Degree student in a Japanese University, stumbled on what could be considered a fortune by many when he picked a wallet containing a lot of money, credit cards and personal materials at a Japanese eatery .
“As against what might be expected of anyone, especially those from the so- called third-world countries of the globe, Mr. Nweke had conscientiously returned the money and all that had come with it to a positively surprised Police team and had,to even greater surprise, additionally, refused any reward for his act of selflessness, which, ordinarily, would have made him lawfully richer by 10 Percent of the total money he had returned!
“To be sure that he knew what he was doing, the Police had asked Mr. Nweke what had informed his act of nobility and selflessness. The response of the young Nigerian scholar remains a lesson that is instructive to all Nigerians in our agenda and march towards the Nigeria of our dreams; a Nigeria that is admired and respected across the world and one whose citizens move across the great airports of Europe and the Americas freely without being subjected to the cumbersome body search and interrogations that we are daily tortured with in those airports,” Yakubu stated.
Speaking further, the lawmaker listed several other Nigerians who have in the recent past positively boosted the image of Nigeria and Nigerians outside the shores of Nigeria saying that the country must continue to encourage our citizens emulate good deeds that promote the image of the country.
He said: “we must, as a matter of constant efforts and re- enforcement, continue to let the world know that Nigeria possesses some of the best professionals in Medicine, Science and Technology, Academics and the Arts. A few weeks ago, a young Nigerian graduate from the oldest Medical College in Russia not only became the Best Graduating Student for the year 2020,but broke a record of many decades by achieving a full GPA of 5.0. In almost the same week, we saw another young Nigerian woman who achieved an, equally, outstanding academic feat in the UK. Only two days ago, Nigerian- born Prof. Charles Egbu became the first black Professor to head a University in United Kingdom when he was named Vice- Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University, London.”
Yakub, therefore called on “all Nigerians everywhere in the world to emulate this set of people by striving to align themselves with this new wave of social re- engineering among our citizens. In line with our new vision for global image-renewal and self- redemption, we must also make conscious efforts to sustain same in order to change the sad narrative of criminality and desperation for get- rich- quick results by which we are mostly and wrongly defined across the world.”