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Akinwunmi Ambode: Emulate Awolowo’s values and ideals to tackle today’s problems

Lagos State Governor, has charged political leaders in the country to exemplify the noble character, values and ideals of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo in tackling the challenges faced by the country today. The Governor gave the charge on Monday 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, Lagos.

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 that was experienced in the south west region bear testimony to the practicality of Chief Obafemi Awolowo progressive values and ideas. While urging the leaders of old and new generation to see the essence of leadership as an advancement of the welfare of the people, he said 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.

While commending the organizers of the annual lecture for keeping alive the memories and legacy of the late sage, 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, a prudent manager of resources and a visionary leader. The chairman of the occasion, General Yakubu Gowon, earlier 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.

While 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 for which two main key traits of character and self-discipline were most needed. Prof. Banjo Akintoye, an African historian and guest lecturer said it was the youths that had continued to suffer the brunt of the rot in the country.

While saying the continued failure to plan for youths since independence contributed to the nation’s decline to the level of societal disorders of immorality and hopelessness, he 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. In her opening remarks, the Executive Director of the Obafemi Awolowo Foundation, Dr. Olatokunboh Awolowo Dosunmu, noted that as 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 unparalleled interest of teeming Nigerians. She assured that the foundation will keep to the legacy and passion of the late sage to build a virile and productive society.

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