Kolade, Utomi list path to Nigeria’s greatness
FORMER Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. Christopher Kolade yesterday lamented absence of truth in the country, saying it has prevented the nation from attaining greatness.
Similarly, Professor of Social and Political Economy and founder, The Centre for Values in Leadership, Professor Pat. Utomi attributed the lack of progress in the country despite her enormous resources to the culture of injustice.
The duo spoke at the fourth edition of biannual Architect Goddy Jidenma Public lecture held yesterday at Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos.
The lecture, organised by Goddy Jidenma Foundation (GJF) was aimed at advancing and promoting the ideals and passions of the late architect, which largely revolved around the celebration of the human essence.
Dr. Kolade, who was chairman of the event, stressed the need for Nigerians to take up the responsibility to ensure that the government leads the nation to the zone of truth.
According to him, so much have been said about the country but it is important that we do something about what we hear and belief in order to make the country great.
“We need to commit in our heart because it is from our heart that we can guard our hands to do the right thing. When we do it consistently, we will be better for it, to leave a place of untruth to a place of truth.
“The country will never get the height we want it until we participate together in building it for future generations and us,” he added.
Professor Utomi, who spoke on the topic: “Leadership, Responsibility and Good Governance, expressed dismay that the culture of injustice is deep in the country, lamenting that the country cannot make progress when people felt that there are unjustly treated.