Anyaoku Commends Obiano For Strides In Security, Infrastructure

This photo, taken on October 22, 2021, shows Governor Willie Obiano at the Government House in Awka, the Anambra State capital.


Former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has commended the outgoing Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano, for his administration’s strides in security and infrastructure.

Anyaoku spoke during the commissioning of the International Convention Centre and presentation of awards in Awka on Wednesday, saying Obiano will leave a lasting legacy for the Anambra people. He recalled that before the governor came on board, the security situation in the state was a cause of worry for the people of the state.

“There is very little doubt that his administration has transformed Anambra State in a very important respect. We had comments about security, infrastructure and we have the pleasure of sitting in this building which could be fitted into any part of the world,” he said during the event.

“Willie Obiano is leaving behind legacies that will continue to serve the people of this state for many years to come, and for that, we are all grateful to him.”


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Former Secretary-General of Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku.


Obiano was sworn in as Anambra State Governor on March 17, 2014, and will complete his mandatory two-term tenure by March 17.

He will be replaced by a former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Charles Soludo, who emerged as the governor-elect of the state in the November 6, 2021 election.

True Federalism Identified As Panacea To Nigeria’s Challenges

Emeka Anyaoku, Former Commonwealth Secretary-General.True federalism and political system restructuring have been identified as the panacea to the current socio-economic challenges in Nigeria.

This admonition came from former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Emeka Anyaoku, at the SUN Newspaper Man of the Year Award 2017.

While it was a time to honour those who had been nominated by the organisers as having distinguished themselves in the area of responsibility in the year 2016, it was also an opportunity to reiterate the call for higher standards in governance in the country.

The 14th edition of the event which took place in Lagos, brought together serving ministers, governors, political leaders and some other dignitaries.

Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike, bagged the Governor of the Year award, while Ogun state Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, was awarded as the Man Of The Year.

Institute Of Directors Induct New Fellows

Institute Of Directors, New FellowsIt was a full house at a dinner organised by the institute of directors for the induction of new fellows.

With a membership of over 3500, the occasion was to induct members of the institution to top echelons of its membership cadre, as distinguished, honorary and regular fellows.

The evening was graced by industry captains, entrepreneurs, and young business leaders.

The Institute of Directors Nigeria, (IOD Nigeria), is a Professional institute which promotes directors, develops corporate governance, enhances the economy for business development, and provides services to its membership.

With a minimum of 10 years of experience which qualifies a member for this fellowship awards, a total of 27 members were found worthy for the honour, and this is also as a result of the commitment to the institution and the nation at large.

The Lagos state governor was ably represented by the Commissioner of Commerce and Industry, Mr Rotimi Ogunleye, who commended the work of the institution.

The Managing Director of Shell, Mr Mutui Sumonu, who was a guest speaker at the occasion, spoke on the topic ‘Boardroom 101 Refresher’ and shortly after that, the distinguished members took the oath and proceeded to be inducted.

Among some of the distinguished members were; the former Commonwealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, former Minister for Health, Prince Julius Adelusi Adeluyi; Managing Director of Emzor Pharmaceutical, Dr Stella Okoli and former Executive Director of NTA, Barrister Grace Egbagbe.

Also present was the Group Managing Director of FBN Holdings, Mr Uk Eke and the Pro-Chancellor of University Of Ibadan, Umaru Musa Mustafa.

The institute called on its members to continue to uphold the standard set by the institute, as it hopes to continue to live up to expectations.

FG Needs To Proffer Solutions To Nigeria’s Economic Crisis – Anyaoku

AnyaokuFormer Secretary General of Commonwealth of Nations, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, says there is an urgent need for the Federal Government to constitute an economic team that will proffer solutions to the present economic crisis in Nigeria.

Anyaoku made this statement while addressing a gathering at a symposium in Akure, the capital of Ondo State on the theme: “Curtailing Nigeria’s centrifugal forces”.

He disagreed with some individuals and groups calling for the devaluation of the naira.

The forum was organised by the Ondo State Government in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the creation of the state and the 7th anniversary of Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s administration.

Governor Mimiko expressed fear that the centrifugal forces militating against Nigeria is getting stronger by the day and prayed they do not end up dividing the nation.

He ‎insisted that Nigeria cannot make a quantum leap into the 21st century without restructuring.

Obiano Presents Scorecard To Lagos Residents

Anambra-State-Governor-Willie-ObianoThe Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has presented his scorecard of twenty three months of governing Anambra state to the Indigenous people of Anambra resident in Lagos.

He announced that aside giving everybody a sense of belonging in the state, he has almost achieved his vision and mission for Anambra state in less than two years through proactive commitment in the areas of agriculture, trade, commerce, oil, gas and industrialization with security as the major enabler.

The governor made this known at an event organised in his honour in Lagos.

He appealed for support of his administration from Anambra citizens abroad and enjoined them to come home and partner with the state government to lift the state to an enviable height of development.

The Deputy Governor also commended the governor for transforming the state and called for others to support his administration.

Meanwhile the former Commonwealth Secretary, Chief Emeka Anyaoku and the former Anambra state governorship candidate, Ifeanyi Ubah, also commended the efforts so far of the governor.

Obasanjo, Anyaoku Urge Government To Address Economic Challenges

Olusegun-Obasanjo former Nigerian President, on Economic challenges in NigeriaA former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo and a former Commonwealth Secretary General, Emeka Anyaoku, have advised the government to give more attention to tackling the economic challenges facing the nation.

Giving his opinion on the state of the nation, the former President was of the view that urgent measures should be taken to fix the current fiscal crisis.

He warned that it may spell doom for the country if not addressed.

“If the current fiscal challenge is not creatively addressed, Nigeria may be on its way to another issue of debt overran. It may not be good for the country.

“The hope that followed the initiative of the new Partnership for Africa’s Development and are being threatened by development in the global economy and governance.

“Falling commodity prices have put pressures on local currencies and requires that caution should be taken,” Obasanjo stressed.

Emeka-Anyaokwu on economic challenges
Emeka Anyaoku believes that shifting the the nation’s economy away from crude oil sales’ reliance will address economic challenges

The former Secretary General of the Commonwealth is, however, confident that a truly restructured constitution aimed at pursuing a non-oil based economy was what may be needed to avoid the predicted economic and political disaster for Nigeria.

“There are many aspects of the present state of the Nigerian project that require fixing,” he stressed.

Mr Anyaoku listed the aspects that should be addressed to include the structure of governance system, the pervasive corruption, which he said sometimes involved mind-boggling figures that undermines national efforts and the conduct of Nigerian politicians – the executive and the legislators of the Federal and State governments.

He also urged the government to look into the management of the national resources, particularly their allocation to recurrent and capital development expenditures.

The statesmen made their views known on Monday at the maiden edition of a summit organised by the Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Ibadan.

A guest speaker at the event and a Professor of International History and Politics, Richard Joseph, said Nigeria had no business being poor.

“It is very important to be able to draw on the very rich work that we have in Nigeria. In so many years you can identify an area of human endeavour which Nigerians have had super performance,” he told the gathering.

The two-day summit attracted a crowd of intellectuals, with a theme, ‘Getting Government To Work’.

Buhari Is Determined To Bring Change To Nigeria – Anyaoku

Anyaoku on Buhari's commitment to good governance Former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, says President Muhammadu Buhari is determined to bring change to Nigeria.

Mr Anyaoku, who was briefing reporters on the outcome of his meeting with the President on Wednesday, said he met with President Buhari to discuss among other things, the impending visit of the President to the United States.

“We talked about international affairs including, in particular, his forthcoming visit to the United States at the invitation of President Obama.

“But, I can tell you that I found myself talking with a President, who is very determined to effect a real change in the circumstances of our country and very determined to bring to bear on his administration generally perceived attributes of his character for which I believe that many Nigerians voted for him,” Mr Anyaoku said.

According to him, it would be inappropriate to make public the counsel he gave the President, but he expressed confidence in President Buhari’s determination to fight corruption.

High-level Talks 

President Buhari had, during his campaign and his inaugural speech, stressed that his administration would no longer tolerate corrupt activities, stressing that every public office holder would be held accountable for any misappropriation of funds.

President Buhari will leave Nigeria on Sunday for the United States for a meeting with President Barack Obama, which would hold on Monday.

The Nigerian President is looking to hold high-level talks with the President Obama which will centre on measures that will strengthen and intensify bilateral and international cooperation against terrorism in Nigeria and West-Africa.

A statement by a spokesman for the President, Mr Femi Adesina, on Wednesday, said President Buhari, during the four-day official visit, would also hold talks with other senior officials of the United States government.

Anyaoku Praises Jonathan For Conceding Defeat

AnyaokuElder statesman and former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has applauded the President for congratulating General Muhammadu Buhari on his victory in the presidential election ahead of an official declaration by the electoral body.

Speaking on Channels Television’s election coverage programme, Nigeria 2015, Chief Anyaoku said that the action by President Goodluck Jonathan would send a message to the rest of Africa on the proper response by contestants in a standard democratic process.

Chief Anyaoku praised the peaceful conduct of the elections, and particularly the President for making Nigeria proud by his acceptance of defeat.

Chief Anyaoku spoke via the telephone while the result of the presidential election from Borno State was still being expected, although General Buhari had taken a clear lead at the time.


Anyaoku Tasks Candidates On Peace Pact

anyaokuThe Chairman of the Abuja Accord of January 14, 2015, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has urged presidential candidates for the elections on Saturday to make conscious efforts to observe the agreement of the accord.

In a statement made available to journalists, Chief Anyaoku observed that despite the agreement, election campaigns have been characterized by hate speeches and violence in some areas.

While he commended security agencies for helping to keep the incidents minimal, Chief Anyaoku stated that the real test of the accord would be during the elections and the days after.

Mr Anyaoku, in the statement, pleaded with political leaders to be more actively engaged in advocating non-violence to their supporters.

He also encouraged everyone to work towards maintaining a positive image for the country as all eyes of the international community are on Nigeria to conduct free, fair and peaceful elections.

Soyinka Bags Awolowo’s Leadership Prize

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka has been unveiled as the recipient of the maiden award of the Obafemi Awolowo Prize for Leadership.

The Chairman of the selection committee, Emeka Anyaoku made the announcement on Wednesday at a press conference held in Lagos.

The Obafemi Awolowo Prize for Leadership which would be awarded bi-annually is an initiative of the Obafemi Awolowo foundation set up in 1992 to serve as the custodian of Chief Awolowo’s intellectual legacy.

The Obafemi Awolowo Foundation had noted in one of its special dialogues held in July 2011, that the dearth of good leadership is one of the greatest challenges facing Nigeria and many other African countries.

This necessitated the institution of the Obafemi Awolowo Prize for Leadership to encourage, recognise and celebrate excellence in Nigerian Leadership.

The selection committee is chaired by Chief Anyaoku and some other distinguished Nigerians including Prof Akin Mabogunje, Dr Olaniwun Ajayi, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Olorogun Felix Ibru and Prof Funmi Soetan.

According to Chief Anyaoku, after a rigorous process of nomination and screening of individuals who have made outstanding contributions to national and international life that is characteristic of Chief Awolowo’s leadership style, the maiden winner of the award is Africa’s first Nobel Laureate in Literature, Prof Wole Soyinka.

The award presentation ceremony is scheduled to hold in March 2013 to coincide with Chief Awolowo’s birth anniversary.

Chief Obafemi Awolowo was one of Nigeria’s founding fathers.

He was the first premier of Nigeria’s Western Region and later leader of opposition in the federal parliament.

He has been described by some Nigerian leaders as the best President Nigerians never had in recognition of his role as a leader in the country’s politics. He passed on in May, 1987.