The former vice president of the country, His Excellency Atiku Abubakar (GCON), has emphasized the importance of the knowledge of history in nation-building.
He stated this when members of the Sun Editorial Board led by the editor in chief Mr. Onuoha Ukeh paid him a courtesy visit in his Abuja residence.
Atiku Abubakar, who is challenging the result of the last presidential election at the PEPC being the presidential flag bearer of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said that without the lessons of history, the mistakes of the past will be replicated.
This is contained in a statement by AbdulRasheed Shehu, special Assistant (Broadcast Media) toAtiku Abubakar
“Those without the knowledge of their past are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past, ” Atiku stated, noting that it was erroneous to have removed the study of History from our school curriculum.
Mr. Onuoha Ukeh after thanking their host for the warm reception explained the purpose of their visit which was to invite Atiku who is also the Wazirin Adamawa to the presentation of their new book entitled: The Making of Modern Nigeria from Pre-colonial Era Till Date billed for launching on the 28th of September, 2023 at the Yar’Adua Center Abuja.
The invitation according to the leader of the delegation is because of Atiku’s personality and his position in Nigeria.
Responding to the invitation, Atiku thanked his guests for the visit and honor for the invitation, promising to attend the occasion.
He noted that history is a useful guide to nation building and cannot be waved aside.
He commended the visitors for the effort to put the work together and charged them to make the books available to scholars, students, and the general public to fill the vacuum that has been created by the absence of the study of our history.
“Our people should be made to know and internalize the lessons of history,” he concluded.