The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has charged political leaders in the country to epitomize the noble character, values and ideals of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo in tackling the challenges confronting the Nation today.
The Governor gave the charge at the “2017 Obafemi Awolowo Memorial Lecture” with the theme, “The Awolowo Legacy and Its Message to Nigerian Youths” held at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Kofo Abayomi in Victoria Island.
“At this difficult time in our nationhood, we surely have some things to learn from his (Awolowo) ideas which are as relevant today as they were several decades back. They were not mere theoretical ideas” he said.
The Governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule, noted that the visible development experienced in the South West region bears testimony to the practicality of Chief Obafemi Awolowo progressive values and ideas.
While urging the leaders, both old and young generation to see the essence of leadership as an advancement of the welfare of the people, he opined that the solution to the challenges experienced today lies in our ability to be creative in our thinking and resolute in our determination to do what is right.
Commending the organizers of the annual lecture for keeping alive the memories and legacy of the late sage, Governor
Ambode noted that the annual lecture is one way of preserving his legacy and acknowledging the historical role he played as an ideological politician, astute administrator, prudent manager of resources and visionary leader.
The Chairman of the occasion, General Dr. Yakubu Gowon, in his address noted that it was instructive that the lecture was directed at Nigerian Youths, who at this critical time in the history of the Nation need to benefit from the wisdom of age, the message of hope and the legacy of Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
Describing the late sage as a loyal, focus and hardworking man, General Gowon noted that he used his life to preach a message of hope which requires character and self-discipline.
The Guest Lecturer, Prof. Banjo Akintoye, an African historian observed that it is the youths that continue to suffer the brunt of the rot in the country, emphasing that the continuous failure to plan for youths since independence contributed to the nation’s decline to the level of societal disorders, immorality and hopelessness.
He, however, urged the youths to emulate the attributes of late chief Awolowo and imbibe a purpose driven life that would impact on the society, the country and the world.
The Executive Director of the Obafemi Awolowo Foundation, Dr. Olatokunboh Awolowo Dosunmu in her opening remarks, noted that in the years gone by, the demographic of the devotees of the late sage’s vision, leadership and administrative style is now attracting younger people hence the theme of this year’s lecture.
She noted that the foundation has over the years been able to retain its uncompromising commitment to Chief Awolowo’s legacy due to the unparallel interest of teeming Nigerians.
In conclusion, she maintained that the foundation will adhere to the legacy and passion of the late sage to build a virile and productive society.
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