A former Nigerian envoy to Canada and presidential aspirant in the recently concluded Social Democratic Party,SDP primary, Prof.Iyorwuese Hagher has called on Nigerians to embark on a revolution of consciousness and not of violence, in order to move the country to greater height as 2019 polls draw nearer.
Hagher, made this call at the public presentation of his book, titled: The Coming Revolution; A Manifesto for National Greatness, in Abuja yesterday.
The globally respected intellectual warned that if Nigerians fail to listen to the warning of having a consciousness revolution, violent revolution might occur, which would be detrimental to every Nigerian, as nobody will be able to tell who will be affected.
According to Hagher, his duty as a scholar is to speak the truth to power at all times, saying that he will never shy away from his responsibility.
“I will continue to speak the truth to power and I will fight injustice wherever it raises its head. First and foremost, to make Nigeria great, the purpose for which this book has been written should be achieved”.
“Any one who will be president of Nigeria in 2019, should take some aspect of this book, which is the peoples manifesto, he should unite Nigeria, provide education, which will impact every civil aspect of our national lives and invest in human resources and not in pains.
“The person should not fail Nigerians by imbibing in foreign advice on economy. We do not want to hear that Nigeria is the richest, or the second or third richest in the world, while our people are amongst the poorest of the poor,” he said.
The author of the book also called on President Muhammad Buhari, who he said occupied about four chapters of the book, to read it, saying that the book might help his government.
Chairman of the book launch,TankoYakasai in his opening remarks described Prof Hagher as a Nigerian with many remarkably positive reputations.
“He is also a politician of note having served as an elected senator during the second republic and also served one time as minister of education”.
“In his capacity,Professor Hagher projected the image of Nigeria in a positive manner in the countries he was accredited to and promoted vibrant commercial and counsellor relationship between our country and many countries of the world”,Yakasai said.
Also, a presidential candidate on the platform of Peoples Trust(PT) party and the chief presenter of the book, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, in his remarks pointed out that the first revolution Nigeria needs is economic revolution.
Hashim said that Nigeria must get to a point whereby the size of her economy will be $4bn in ten years and to be a middle income economy that will be the seize of Thailand and Malaysia.
“There can be an economy revolution when you have people who say they are no longer voting for the old order, but for the new order. Then revolution has started. That is what we need in Nigeria presently,” he said.