A former presidential special adviser, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, has urged Nigerians to love one another in order to overcome the numerous challenges confronting the nation.
Ita-Giwa said this during a Valentine dinner organised in Calabar, on Tuesday.
At least no fewer than 10 aged couples, who attended the event, professed love to their wives of several years.
The former special adviser, who observed that love was fast fading away from the Nigerian society, urged Nigerians to rekindle love so as to break the barrier of conflicts across Nigeria.
She said, “Valentine is a day to celebrate love, which is fast dying in Nigeria. True, undiluted love does not crucify and does not quarrel. It is that love that does not see anything bad in each other. This is what I believe we should all try to bring back to this country. With love, we can overcome our numerous challenges.
“I admire and appreciate what romance is. It is a day to talk about love, and in my opinion, this love should also extend to Nigeria. Nigerians should learn to love each other, devoid of political party leanings, or religion or ethnicity.
“They should bring back that love that does not judge. The love that appreciates people for what they are. It does not mind if you are a villager or a township person, whether we are young or old, we are all human beings. We respect one another.”
She said, “We bought roses and made husbands to profess love to their wives. Today, 10 couples professed love here. There was an 83-year-old man, Dr. Sama, who professed love to his 78-year-old wife.”