Help poverty alleviation crusade, Obasanjo urges Lions
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has pleaded with members of Lions Clubs to back
government in sustaining the fight against poverty and creating a community, where everyone is entitled to a sense of participation.
He made the appeal at the weekend in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) during the investiture of Lion Folashade Olaifa as third President of Abuja Mega Lions Clubs District 404A2, Nigeria.
The ex-leader, who identified the club as one of the international humanitarian and philanthropic organisations in the world, urged Olaifa to mobilise and make more sacrifices for the sake of humanity.
Lamenting that the nation is yet to harness its potential, the Egba chief added: “You must work hard to make our country what God has created it to be, land flowing with milk and honey. Not land of poverty, not land of dryness, not land of unemployment, not land of insecurity. A land, where everybody is everybody’s keeper. Where there is love, caring and sharing. Where everybody has a sense of participation and stake in all that we do within the community.”
In her remarks, Olaifa, who promised to foster a sense of unity and inclusivity, further pledged to work tirelessly for the club to remain a beacon of hope and inspiration, by providing guidance on project planning, fundraising and community engagement.
“Our rich history of aiding those in need is a legacy I am committed to upholding. The motto,‘We Serve’, is more than a slogan. It is a call to action, a reminder of our duty to make a positive impact. Whether through education, healthcare, or disaster relief, we possess the power to transform lives. Identifying technology as a crucial tool for the club’s growth and enhanced service delivery.”
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