HLF Congratulates Adesina On Re-Election As AfDB President

Left to Right: Professor Joy Ogwu, Chief Eleazar Chukwuemeka Anyaoku (presenting the Hallmarks of Labour, Emeka Anyaoku Award for Nigeria’s Outstanding International Icon (2019) to Dr Akinwumi Adesina), Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Hon. Justice Mariam Aloma Mukhtar, and Professor Bolaji Akinyemi.

 

The Hallmarks of Labour Foundation (HLF) has congratulated Nigeria’s former Minister of Agriculture, Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, on his re-election as the President of African Development Bank (AfDB).

In a statement on Sunday, the Executive Secretary of the Foundation, Chief Patricia Otuedon –Arawore, described Dr Adesina as a ‘distinguished Role Model’ of the HLF.

According to her, the AfDB President’s track-record through his various assignments speaks volumes of his competence, hard work, and integrity, which are the core values of the Foundation.

“Your deserved, unanimous choice for a second term at Africa’s apex financial institution did not come as a surprise as by October 31, 2019, the African Development Bank under your able leadership had achieved the highest capital increase since the Bank’s establishment in 1964, when shareholders from 80-member countries raised the general capital of the Bank by 125%.

“This increased the Bank’s capital by $115 billion; from $93 billion to $208 billion, a historic achievement for Africa,” Chief Otuedon –Arawore said in the statement.

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She noted that the development has further elevated Dr Adesina to the “creme de la crème” of the honours list in Nigeria, Africa, and the world at large.

The HLF, the Executive Secretary stated, is proud to be associated with the AfDB President not only as a compatriot but as a veritable role model of all time.

“We also thank you for your numerous achievements from which Nigeria has greatly benefited.

“As we look forward to more attainments by you, be assured of our best wishes and prayers for a successful second tenure,” she added.

The HLF is a non-profit organisation that recognises Africans who have achieved success through hard work, honesty, integrity, and justice in every field of human endeavour.

Dr Adesina was re-elected for another five years in office on Thursday last week by the Board of Governors of the AfDB Group at its 2020 Annual Meetings in Abidjan, the capital of Cote D’Ivoire.

Anyaoku Calls For Free And Fair Elections, Nigeria’s Return To True Federalism

 

 

Elder statesman and former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has asked the Federal Government to reconsider its stance on the call for restructuring and return to true federalism.

According to him, the country is under-performing and lacking national cohesion like never before, a situation he believes can only be resolved by restructuring its present governance architecture.

He said, “Judged by all the relevant indices, Nigeria today is clearly underperforming and lacking national cohesion as never before.

“If our country is to succeed on the road to political stability and realisation of its rich development potential, it must, by restructuring its present governance architecture.

“It must return to the true federalism that it practiced in the years before the military intervened in our national politics”.

With the general elections just days away, Chief Anyaoku who was speaking at a symposium to unveil the new logo of The Nigerian Tribune on Tuesday, also called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure a credible exercise.

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According to him, the international community is watching to see how far the nation’s Constitution is respected.

He said, “As our country is preparing for the general elections in two weeks time, I have three observations to address the Nigerian government, INEC and others.

“First, Nigeria’s friends and the whole of the international community are watching… watching the behaviour of Federal Government and its agencies, including especially the police, the army and the other law-enforcement instruments, to see how far we respect the country’s Constitution, our Nigerian government, like all other governments over the world, while of course guiding its sovereignty should pay heed to the views of the international community otherwise, the country will return to the pariah status which it happily exited in 1999 when it once more embraced democracy.

“My second observation is that INEC had earned deserved compliments for its commendable handling of the last gubernatorial elections in Ondo and Anambra States.

“But it must be admitted that it attracted criticisms for its conducting subsequent similar elections in both Ekiti and Osun.

“I urge INEC to remain aware of the fact that the credibility of the results of our forthcoming elections will depend on the level of impartiality and transparency it demonstrates in ensuring all aspects of the elections are free and fair, thereby making the results to truly represent the will of the people”.

Nigeria Needs A True Federal Structure – Anyaoku

 

Former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Emeka Anyaoku on Tuesday reiterated the call for the restructuring of Nigeria saying Nigeria needs a true Federal structure.

Anyaoku said this at the launch of an autobiography of elder statesman, Chief Ayo Adebanjo in Lagos. He said he believes that Nigeria as a diverse country cannot succeed under a unitary system of governance.

“Our country, Nigeria, was doing extremely well when it had a true federation of four regions with each region developing at its own pace with citizens feeling proud to belong to the Nigerian country.

“I don’t believe there is anywhere in the world where a country with such diversity can live under a unitary government. So, we do need in Nigeria, a true Federal structure. This was one of the abiding thoughts that Chief Obafemi Awolowo advocated throughout his life,” Anyaoku said.

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The elder stateman insisted that only a return to a true federal structure will ensure the full development of Nigeria’s potential.

He also blamed the military for intervening in Nigeria’s governance, adding that the intervention of the military disfigured Nigeria’s constitution.

Anyaoku said Nigeria a country with diverse culture and tradition cannot survive under a unitary government.

“I believe that if the military had not intervened in our governance in January 1966 and remained in power for so many years after that. If they had not disfigured our constitution.

“I do not believe that there is any country in the world that had the diversity that Nigeria has. The diversity of people who have lived for centuries in their geographic areas. Who had their distinct and diverse cultural traditions? I don’t believe there is anywhere in the world where a country with such diversity can live under a unitary government.”

Anyaoku had in August 2017 said the country is drifting towards a failed state due to the present structure of governance. He spoke then during a meeting with a group from Anambra State in the south-east of Nigeria and emphasised that there is an urgent need for restructuring the nation’s system of governance.

How Ekwueme Left A Remarkable Legacy In Politics – Anyaoku

How Ekwueme Left A Remarkable Legacy In Politics – Anyaoku
File photo: Alex Ekwueme

 

Former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Emeka Anyaoku has listed some of the major contributions of late Alex Ekwueme to Nigeria’s democracy.

He noted that the former vice president left a remarkable legacy in the nation’s politics, philanthropy, as well as national and international service.

Anyaoku said this on Friday in his tributes to the elder statesman at the funeral service held in Okoh, his hometown in Anambra State.

A gathering at the funeral service of Dr Alex Ekwueme

 

Addressing an audience at the service, he said: “We are gathered here to say goodbye to one of our most outstanding leaders, but who was not a typical Nigerian politician.”

The former Commonwealth Secretary-General stated that Ekwueme’s political career represented the brand of politics that should be the hope for Nigeria’s political future.

He also described the former vice president as a true Nigerian patriot who has a wide knowledge and unsegregated friendships across the country.

“He (Ekwueme) was a committed champion for restoring democracy to Nigeria by leading the group of 34 to break … General Sani Abacha’s seeming entrenched military dictatorship.

“And he was the man who played a similar role in the formation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that was to become the country’s largest political party at the time,” said Anyaoku.

Emeka Anyaoku speaks at Alex Ekwueme’s funeral service

 

He further lauded Ekwueme as a “cerebral politician” who at the Constitutional Conference of 1995 concede and introduced the idea of zoning Nigeria into six geo-political regions.

Despite the major role he played in the creation of the PDP, the elder statesman said the former vice president was not angered when he was denied the chance of leading the country.

He said: “An example of his principled politics without bitterness was how he (Ekwueme) readily accepted the outcome of the Jos Convention of PDP in 1998, where he was denied the party’s presidential ticket; notwithstanding the fact that everyone acknowledged his leadership role in the formation of the party and in its activities.

“Yet he accepted readily, the decision of the party to choose another presidential candidate and he went out of his way to actively campaign for that candidate – General (Olusegun) Obasanjo – who won the election.”

As the general elections draw nearer, Anyaoku asked aspirants and political parties as well as stakeholders to sustained Ekwueme’s legacy for a better democracy.

President Buhari Congratulates Emeka Anyaoku On 85th Birthday

President Buhari Congratulates Emeka Anyaoku On 85th Birthday
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President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Eleazar Chukwuemeka Anyaoku, on his 85th birthday.

The President’s greeting was conveyed in a statement issued on Wednesday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

President Buhari congratulated all the professional colleagues, family members and friends of the highly resourceful diplomat.

He described him as an elder statesman whose resume on international diplomacy and community development continues to inspire and instruct on the power of discipline, focus and knowledge.

“As the first and so far the only African Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, the President affirms that Chief Anyaoku contributed seminally to Nigeria’s return to democracy in 1999, combining his thorough understanding of the peculiarities of the political structures, with his office and international network of friends to garner support for the country’s transition,” the statement read.

The President further commended Anyaoku’s unwavering patriotism and commitment to the unity and progress of his country.

According to him, the elder statesman has continued to contribute to national affairs, through formal and informal advice to presidents.

President Buhari said one of such contributions was chairing the meeting that led to the adoption of the Abuja Accord, by which all the presidential candidates in 2015 committed themselves and their political parties to non-violent campaigns and acceptance of the results in good faith.

He prayed that the Almighty God will grant Anyaoku, who is the Ichie Adazie of Obosi, longer life and more fruitful years to serve his country.

Nigeria Needs To Return To True Federalism – Anyaoku

A group from Anambra State in the south east of Nigeria led by elder statesman and former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku is reiterating the call for the restructuring of Nigeria.

The group consisting of elders says the country is drifting towards a failed state due to the present structure of governance.

Apart from the call for restructuring the group also discussed the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State scheduled for November 18.

“There is an urgent need for arresting this national drift through a restructuring of the country’s present governance architecture by returning to a true federalism based on pure and more viable federating units. We see great value for peace and security in maintaining the zoning formula for political offices in the state as adopted by Ohaneze Ndigbo of Anambra State and also as resolved respectively by the traditional rulers council and Anambra State Association of town unions and call on all candidates for the governorship election and their sponsoring political parties to ensure indecorous language and violence in their political campaigns,” Anyaoku stated.

Restructuring Is The Remedy For Nigeria’s Problems, Says Atiku, Anyaoku

Nigeria’s Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and a former Secretary General of the Common Wealth, Emeka Anyaoku, have called for a national restructuring, stressing that it is the remedy for Nigeria’s leadership problems.

Atiku reaffirmed his earlier position on the need to reduce power at the center.

According to him, restructuring that gives more powers to the states, will enable them to generate more resources for regional development.

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“Restructuring to me, means effecting changes to our current federal structure, it means devolution of more powers to the federating units with their accompanying resources.

“After restructuring, states will get more resources than they are currently getting, they are simply lazy,” he added.

Anyaoku on his part, insisted that a return to a regional system of government will hasten socio-economic development of the country’s regions.

“Restructuring will be the panacea of most of our current challenges. The powerful centre that we have which breeds the do or die competition for the control of that centre – I would suggest that the 36 states, they should remain as parts of the six federating units, they should become development zones within the six federating units,” he said.

Obiano, John Momoh, Dogara, Others Bag 2015 Zik Prize Award

obianoThe Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano; CEO of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh and others have bagged the 2015 Zik Prize award.

Governor Obiano bagged an award for Good Governance under the auspices of Public Policy Research and Analysis Center (PPRAC).

He said that the award would be an inspiration to him towards realizing the vision and mission of the state in being the first choice investment destination, and a hub for industrialization and commercial activities.

This, he said, would be achieved through the four pillars and 12 enablers of his administrative policy.

He gave the assurance that he would continue in the leadership ideals of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, both in decision making and in implementation.

The Chairman/CEO of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh, picked up the award in the Professional Leadership Category.

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Chairman and CEO of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh

He was represented by the Assistant General Manager, International Operations and other members of staff of Channels Television.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honorable Yakubu Dogara, also got the Public Service Prize.

 

The Zik Leadership Award was set up in 1994 in honour of Nigeria’s first civilian president, Nnamdi Azikwe. It honours those in positions of authority who display exemplary leadership in Africa.

The 2015 edition honoured seven eminent personalities in different categories, including Public Service, Political Leadership, Good Governance, Professional and Business Leadership.

The Chairman of the occasion, Retired General Ike Nwachukwu drew the attention of all and sundry to the leadership ideals of the founding fathers of Nigeria.

The award ceremony took place at the Civic Center, Victoria Island Lagos.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, and several other dignitaries graced the occasion.

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.

Anyaoku, Soyinka Ask Nigerian Leaders To Tackle Boko Haram Decisively

Anyaokwu and Soyinka.Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka and elder statesman, Emeka Anyaoku, have described the on-going Boko Haram violence crusade as a threat that must not be handled with kid gloves.

At the third Zik’s Lecture series held on Saturday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka, the Anambra State capital, Professor Soyinka, who was the guest lecturer, lambasted the idea of any human being describing knowledge as forbidden.

“New boundaries are springing up, not even virtual but physical. We have one next door. You know it. Sambisa forest.

“From within that mind enclave they make all efforts to extend such boundaries and swallow up institutions such as this. They proscribe this very gathering. Call it Haram.

“They close down citadels of knowledge brutally. For them, age is no barrier to inflicting sudden death.

“They kill not many children but childhood,” he said.

In Serious Trouble

Mr Anyaoku in a speech pointed out that “Nigeria is in serious trouble just now” and urged Nigerian leaders to tackle the situation decisively.

“Our leaders in the government, in the legislature and the political parties, and I mean all political parties, must acknowledge the seriousness of the situation we face on the issue of insecurity in Nigeria and tackle it.

He called on all leaders to support the government of the day in dealing with the situation.

“We read and hear everyday in the media that the Boko Haram has killed yet more people, irrespective of where they are, the leaders should join hands to see that we can deal with this grave threat to our nation,” the former Commonwealth Secretary-General said.

The Boko Haram sect, for over five years, has kicked against western education and are demanding for an Islamic state.

On Friday evening a suicide bomber suspected to be a member of the sect detonated a bomb near a fuel station in Kano killing seven persons.

54th Independence: Obiano Rekindles Hope For Nigeria And Anambra

Obiano-NigeriaIn the spirit of marking the 54th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria, Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, says Nigeria would emerge from its present difficulties stronger and more prosperous.

He was speaking during a church service at the Cathedral Church of St. Faith, Awka, where the people gathered to pray for the country and the state ahead of the independence celebration on Wednesday.

The Governor took the congregation through the various achievements of the President at the national level and the giant strides Anambra was taking as a state.

He noted that already, against all odds, the country has become the largest economy in Africa at 54, while Anambra State, at 23, has been wrestled from the hands of criminals with security being restored once more to it.

Delivering the homily, the Anglican Bishop of Awka Diocese, Right Reverend Alexander Ibezim, reiterated the need for purposeful and honest leadership in both the federal and state levels, as the country requires compassionate leaders who with fear of God would stand on the truth, uphold the rule of law and promote the welfare of the people.

He commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his efforts in fighting terrorism and tackling poverty in the country. He also appreciated the State Governor for his effort in ridding the state of criminals and hoodlums.

As the church service wound down, former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Emeka Anyaoku, made a passionate appeal to the Federal Government to look into the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, since the President has promised to fix all federal roads in the country.

He described the road as a slaughter slab that needs urgent attention.

The church service brought together government functionaries led by Governor Willie Obiano, service chiefs in the state, the clergy, the congregation and the people of Anambra State.

Anyaoku Calls For Change In Revenue Sharing Formula

Former Commonwealth Secretary General, Mr Emeka Anyaoku has called for a total over haul of the revenue allocation structure to allow for peace and better development.

He believes that the best formula is to have 20 per cent of the mineral go to the federal government, while 15 per cent is reserved for the communities and the remaining 65 per cent shared equally amongst the six geo-political zones.

He said “Nigeria’s system of governance should be restructured into a federation of six regions based on the six geo political regions of the country, with a substantial part of the power now exercised by the centre, devolved to the regions to enable each region develop at its own pace” he said.

He further said “the revenue from the God given resources should be allocated in the following manner; first with the considerable reduced responsibilities of the centre, the federal government should receive something between 20 and 23 percent” while “the areas where the minerals are mined anything between 15 and 17 per cent as compensation for the environmental damage they suffer”.

He also noted that “the remaining, about 60 percent, should be shared equally amongst the six regions”.

He maintained that under this structure, the existing states should be retained as development areas within the new regions without their present governance paraphernalia.