Highlight

Minister Calls For National Unity as Govt. College, Keffi, Turns 70

232

 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has described the Government College, Keffi, as a great model for the unity of Nigeria as envisaged by the nation’s founding fathers.

“In our time, only the very best from the 13 Provinces in the North made it to Government College, Keffi. Religion, ethnicity, social status….did not matter. Your academic prowess was your ticket to the school. The school was also a leveler. The children of peasants mixed freely with the children of the rich and the well connected.

The Minister stated this at the 70th Anniversary of the College in Keffi, Nasarawa State, on Saturday, noting that if Nigerians would allow themselves to be guided by the Keffi Model, the present atmosphere of disunity at all levels – religious, ethnic, regional, etc – will disappear and peace will return to the nation.

 

“Remember the North is very diversified. You have the Hausa, Fulani, Jukun, Bachama, Tiv, Ogori, even Yoruba, etc. That meant that for the students of Government College, Keffi, of our time, it was a ‘rainbow coalition’ of sorts. We had students from all the 13 Provinces plus more. For example, an Igbo boy living in any of the 13 provinces was free to write the entrance exam into Keffi and, if successful, was admitted,” he said.

 

Alhaji Mohammed said even though the Keffi Emirate, where the school is situated, is Muslim, Christians attended the school without discrimination.

 

“In fact, one of the most important days for us as students was ‘Ash Wednesday’, because on that day we had fish on the menu. Some Christian students also fasted along with those of us who are Muslims during the Ramadan, especially because Muslim students got a richer menu as an incentive throughout the fasting period, in addition to eating ‘sari’,” he said.

 

While imploring Nigerians to emulate and revive the ‘Keffi spirit’, the Minister urged the people to de-emphasize ethnicity, religion and social status and co-exist as Nigerians.

 

 

 

 

Leave a comment

Related Articles

The Kano State Government has announced plans to demolish and renovate the...

Nigeria’s debt stock surges by 24.99 percent to N121.67trn in March 2024 – DMO

The Debt Management Office (DMO) has disclosed that Nigeria’s total public debt...

Protest erupts in Kaduna over El-Rufai’s N423bn indictment

Demonstrators on Thursday converged on the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House in Kaduna,...

Appeal Court reserves ruling on Rivers State House of Assembly leadership tussle

The Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has reserved judgment...

Rivers electoral commission begins preparations for LG elections

The Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) has initiated the process for...

Presidential aides blast Aisha Yesufu over alleged Ramaphosa’s snubbing of Tinubu in S/Africa

Aisha Yesufu’s recent tweet criticizing President Bola Tinubu for being snubbed in...

Mental Health Care Awareness in Nigeria

by Shine Alagba Nigerians face mental stress due to economic challenges like...

Abuja Court rejects Abba Kyari’s latest bail application

Abba Kyari, the detained Deputy Commissioner of Police, renewed his request for...

FG plans ambitious $100bln expansion fund to enhance Nigeria’s cultural heritage

The Minister of Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy, Mrs. Hannatu Musa-Musawa, has...

Saraki, AbdulRazaq spat over Ilorin Durbar 

Former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, said he deliberately avoided the Ilorin...

South Africa’s Ramaphosa sworn in for second term as president

“Ramaphosa is expected to announce his cabinet in the coming days as...

Breaking: After Rivers lawmakers’ screening, Gov. Fubara inaugurates 23 LGAs caretaker chairmen

Rivers Gov. Siminalayi Fubara inaugurated the caretaker chairpersons for the state’s 23...

Breaking: Rivers Gov. Fubara appoints caretaker chairmen for 23 LGAs

The nomination came amid a renewed political crisis in the state, with...

Emirate crisis: Gumel promises neutrality, commitment to peace, stability in Kano State

Kano State Police Commissioner Ussain Gumel has refuted claims that his officers...

Updated: Rescued abducted Fouani brothers reunited with families, say Lagos Police

The Lagos State Police Command’s spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, has confirmed that...

Emirship tussle: We won’t allow state of emergency in Kano – Sen. Kwankwaso

Sen. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, former Kano State Governor and Kwankwasiyya Movement leader,...

Asari Dokubo to stay-put Rivers LG Chairmen: Go home in peace or face people’s wrath

“The chairmen, whose tenure expired on June 17, cannot force themselves on...

Just in: Lagos Police command rescues abducted Fouani brothers

Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have rescued the three kidnapped...

Tenure elongation: Rivers Gov. Fubara directs administrative heads to take over 23 LGAs

The Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, has directed the Heads of Local...

Ex-Pres. Obasanjo pays Sallah homage to First Lady, Oluremi

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo visited the nation’s First Lady, Sen. Oluremi Tinubu,...