Middle Belt must Facilitate National Reconciliation-Olawepo Hashim
Business mogul, Mr. Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim has said that the Middle-Belt region remains the bridge for the unity of Nigeria, and should therefore continuously be at the forefront of facilitating National Reconciliation towards the good governance of the country.
The entrepreneur who lately ran for the nation’s presidency stressed that Middle-Belt leaders do not have any reason to despair, despite travails of nationhood, as there are no triumphs without trials.
“The Middle Belt is doing its best. We should continue to do this in the interest of our dear nation and for future generation,” Olawepo-Hashim said to the applause of the audience at the launching of the autobiography of Air Commodore Dan Suleiman “My Testimony” in Abuja on Tuesday.
Citing the example of Air Commodore Dan Suleiman, for instance, he said as an outstanding Middle-Belt figure, he has been in the forefront of the fight for National Unity, in utmost expression of his nationalism, and in the defence of national values.
According to the political thinker, Dan Suleiman has been humble in and out of office, and has been exemplary as a beacon of hope for newer generations. “The foundation that the legend is setting up is one that will communicate his virtues and values. He is not arrogant. He is God fearing and has been a fighter for democracy by severally putting his life on the line”
Olawepo-Hashim noted that the political legend remains an epitome of excellence and of doggedness, but it is unfortunate that people of lower achievements are now rather being celebrated instead of living legends like Dan Suleiman.
The cerebral politician reiterated that: “We must not lose focus of the gains from the Middle-Belt despite provocations. We paid dearly for our national unity. We must continue to do this, because our task is not over yet. We remain a vehicle to unite the country”.
Echoing Olawepo-Hashim’s viewpoint, Dan Suleiman said the role of nation building is an onerous one, requiring all hands to be on deck. “The Middle-Belt has been playing the role of a mediator and cannot afford to shirk this responsibility”
Present at the event, which held at the Nigerian Air force Conference Centre, Jahi, are the Chief of Air Staff, Air Commodore Sadiq Abubakar, former Governor of Kwara State, Chief C. O. Adebayo, Chief of Staff to the Benue State Governor, Chief Terwase Obunde, and a host of others.