By Taye Obateru
Jos â€” Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State has advocated a change in the nationâ€™s values to ensure that her heroes are properly honou-red and revered.
He stated this in Jos while receiving the designer of the national flag, Pa Taiwo Akinkunmi who visited him in his office to promote the idea of a national Flag Day celebration in the country.
The governor lamented a situation where the countryâ€™s true heroes are not accorded their due place in the scheme of things saying, â€œWe must honour and respect our heroes. The moment you are out of public glare you are forgotten even before you are buried.â€
Jang also decried the present mode of selecting the countryâ€™s leaders which is often based on ethnic or religious considerations, saying time has come for Nigeria to outgrow such sentiments.
He said every Nigerian should be given the right to occupy leadership positions irrespective of ethnic or religious leaning.
He expressed support for the institution of a National Flag Day for the country before the golden jubilee independence anniversary and announced a donation of five million naira in support of the campaign.
Pa Akinkunmi thanked the governor for the gesture and was delighted that his visit to the state coincided with the countryâ€™s independence anniversary.
Initiator of the campaign for the National Flag Day Solanke Akinlola, who is an NYSC member, said he conceived the idea in 2006 after discovering that only Liberia celebrates it in Africa.