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Obasanjo speaks on corruption and challenges of the African child

By Sam Oluwalana (Ibadan) and Ifeoma Mordi (Lagos)
27 October 2017   |   3:58 am
Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, will tomorrow speak on corruption and the challenges facing Nigerian youths in a public lecture billed for Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (middle) being honoured by AFRIMMA

• Osinbajo, Afe Babalola also to grace occasion
• AFRIMMA honours Obasanjo

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, will tomorrow speak on corruption and the challenges facing Nigerian youths in a public lecture billed for Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibajo, and legal doyen, Chief Afe Babalola, who will chair the occasion, are also expected to grace the event, which is a yearly public lecture of Dorcas Oke Hope Alive Initiative.

The event, which is the initiative of the Sword of the Spirit Ministries founded by Bishop and Rev (Dr.) Mrs. Francis Wale Oke, in October 2003 (DOHAL) in honour of Docas Oke will hold at 11 am at the Emeritus Prof Theophilus Ogunlesi Hall, opposite U.C.H main gate.

Also expected are captains of industry, academics, members of the political class, traditional rulers, top government officials, the judiciary, civil societies and the media.

An official said that DOHAL, which is a registered, faith-based, non-governmental organisation based in Nigeria, working in the field of health and development, thrives on the philosophy that life is indeed sacred and created to fulfill a divine agenda and must be preserved from all negative and destructive forces.

Meanwhile, the former president has been honoured with the Leadership in Africa Award, by organisers of the African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA).The 4th edition of the music award and festival held this year at the House of Blues, Dallas,Texas, United States.

Some of the African performers who thrilled fans at the event include, Diamond Platnumz – Tanzania; Tiwa Savage – Nigeria; Victoria Kimani – Kenya; Fally Ipupa – Congo; C4 Pedro – Angola; Falz – Nigeria; Tzy Panshak – Cameroon; Ray Vanny – Tanzania; Emma Nyra – Nigeria; and Stylze – Jamaica among others.

AFRIMMA Leadership in Africa Award, according to the CEO of AFRIMMA, Anderson Obiagwu, is dedicated to African greats who have served with distinction in various leadership capacities in Africa and internationally.Obiagwu recalls that Obasanjo was the first Nigerian to serve as Military Head of State as well as Civillian President.

“Some of his major achievements and accomplishments include being the first Military Head of State to successfully hand over power to an elected civillian President and also played a crucial role in wrestling back power from the Military in 1999 culminating in him being elected President,” he noted.

According to Obiagwu, “Obasanjo is also a designated UN envoy who has overseen various democratic elections across the continent. He is particularly renowned for his activities in the peace process of West African countries Liberia and Sierra Leone. He famously resolved along with President Biya of Cameroon the protracted Bakassi Peninsula issue by signing the ‘Greentree Agreement’.”

“The amiable leader established the Presidential Library which is one of the biggest educational tourism institutions in Africa . It would be recalled also that it was during his tenure as President that GSM mobile technology was introduced to Nigeria while counterparts Benin, Togo and Ghana were all already on the GSM technology.

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way and Olusegun Aremu Okikiola Mathew Obasanjo has been a tenacious leader who has left an imprint on African leadership history,” said Obiagwu.