By Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu
The Deputy President of the Senate Ike Ekweremadu at the weekend insisted that equity and balance in the distribution of appointments, amenities and services to every part of the country remained the best way to unite Nigerians in view of the plethora of challenges facing the nation.
Ekwerrmadu noted that such display of equity and fairness would go a long way in uniting Nigerians rather than preaching only love and peaceful coexistence.

He also urged leaders at all levels to lead by example, stressing that the people will be better influenced and inspired when leaders are also seen to be leading by example.

Ekwereamdu spoke while delivering a keynote address at the installation of the Governor, District 9142, Rotary International Nigeria, held in Enugu.

The senator, who was represented by Hon. Tobi Okechukwu, Chairman, House Committee on Works and member representing Aninri/Awgu/Oji River Federal Constituency, stated that the country is today more divided than at any other time in her history and urged the people to not only eschew hate speeches but also make efforts to guard against hate actions.

Ekweremadu wondered why a country like Nigeria with heterogeneous people who desire love and peace will go ahead and appoint service chiefs, heads of security agencies and paramilitary agencies from a section of the country and totally shut out other sections and still expect that section to be interested in peace.

He said: “Action speaks louder than voice. It is not enough as a priest to preach love. It is more inspiring to live love. As a teacher, it is not enough to preach to the students to behave well.

“They will be better influenced and inspired by your exemplary conducts as a teacher. We cannot preach against hate speech in heterogeneous society like Nigeria and still go ahead to appoint service chiefs, heads of security agencies and paramilitary agencies from a section of the country.

“Today, when the National Security Council meets, some sections of the country are totally shut out. All pleas to the president to address this dangerous precedent have not been heeded despite various promises.”

The Deputy Senate President urged Nigerians to emulate the kindheartedness of Mother Teresa, the non-violence stance of Martin Luther King Jr and Mahatma Gandhi and the tenacity of Chief Obafemi Awolowo in his commitment to human capital development and excellence through hard work.

He also called on the Rotary Club to stand out as shining lights in their generation by helping to uphold the sanctity of human life, dignity of human person and superiority of justice, equity, tolerance, love and peace.

He commended the Rotary Club for leading the effort in propagating the popular University of Nigeria mantra “to restore the dignity of man”.

An Enugu-based medical doctor and entrepreneur, Dr. Daniel Ajawara, took over the leadership of Rotary International District 9142 as District Governor for 2018/19 year.

The district is made up of Rotarians in Abia, Anambra, Imo, Ebonyi, Enugu, Akwa Ibom and Cross River States.