Only significant people can save Nigeria, says Oloja
The Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of The Guardian, Mr. Martins Oloja, has declared that Nigeria and the world at large can only be redeemed out of its crises by significant individuals.
According to him, most problems that have stalked development and progress around the world were caused by prominent people who got to relevance and limelight by sheer luck rather than dint of hard work in their various endeavours.
Oloja, who spoke yesterday at the International Culture and Event Centre (The Dome), Akure, where he reviewed a biography, titled: “Faduyile: A Quintessential Physician,” written by a journalist, Oludaisi Adetarami, attributed problems in the nation to the leaders that rose to power by mere providence but disrupt conscientious efforts towards nation-building owing to inexperience, lack of patriotism and vague leadership qualities.
The Guardian MD/Editor-in-Chief lamented that people of easy virtues, over the years, had seized the rungs of leadership, thereby pushing the economy and all facets of Nigeria to the wood without any hope in view.
He, however, canvassed a holistic approach to change the ugly trend by encouraging Nigerians to allow only resourceful and ‘significant’ individuals to take over at all levels in the nation.
He lauded the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health Matters and immediate past President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Prof. Dayo Faduyile, who will be celebrating 50th birthday on Sunday, for his giant strides in the medical profession.
Oloja, who was represented at the event by The Guardian Correspondent in Ondo State, affirmed that “the book has thrown up Prince Dayo Faduyile as a significant Nigerian technocrat who should be part of the future of Nigeria that will lead the black race.
Chairman of the occasion and Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, who was represented by Ondo State Commissioner for Finance, Wale Akinterinwa, described Faduyile as a blessing to the nation.
Also, Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, who was represented by his deputy, Lucky Ayedatiwa, said Faduyile had proven himself as a major contributor to the Ondo project.