There Is No Country On Earth Like Nigeria – The Week In Quotes

A photo collage used to illustrate the story.

 

 

Nigeria’s 61st Independence celebration was a major focus in the passing week.

The events highlighted the journey so far, questioning what has been achieved and what needs to give way for the attainment of the nation’s desired goal.

Here are quotes made by politicians, leaders of thought and experts in various fields, within the passing week; through their words, we feel the world’s pulse as the globe’s heart beats in diverse yet similar rhythms, from one little corner to the next.

 

1. “I am here to tell you that just as I am certain that the United States will emerge from the struggle with our democracy, I am equally certain that Nigeria will emerge, in this century, as a model democratic country not just for Africa but for the entire world.”

A screen grab taken on October 1, 2021, shows Donna Brazile while speaking on The Platform.

 

Former Chairperson of the Democratic Party in the United States, Donna Brazile, says she is confident that democracy in Nigeria will be strengthened in the 21st century.

2. “As far as I am concerned, there is no country on earth like Nigeria, and I know every patriotic Nigerian holds this view.”

 

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, calls on Nigerians to be more united for the common purpose of building a country that meets the best expectations of all Nigerians.

 

3. “Declaration of all bandits as terrorists may also encourage other countries to do same and help create a global consensus around dealing with transnational factors that feed the domestic activities of such proscribed organizations and individuals.”

A file photo of members of the House of Representatives attend a plenary at the lower chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja on November 24, 2020.

 

Chairman of the House Committee on Defence, Babajimi Benson, raises a motion on the floor, seeking to have President Buhari declare all bandits as terrorists.

 

4. “If the husband and wife have just adopted a baby of less than four months, then the man is entitled to paternity leave of about 14 days.”

Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Folasade Yemi-Esan, briefs reporters after the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja on September 29, 2021.

 

Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Folasade Yemi-Esan, announces the Federal Government’s approval of a 14-day paternity leave for fathers with newborn babies in the country.

 

5. “We urge the president and commander-in-chief to declare the bandits as terrorists and urge total war against them.”

Lawmakers during plenary at the Senate chamber in Abuja February 12, 2020. Photo: [email protected]

 

The Senate urges President Muhammadu Buhari to declare bandits as terrorists following a recent attack in Zamfara.

 

6. “We condemn the statement by the Southern Governors Forum that the presidency must go to the south; the statement is quite contradictory to the provisions of the constitution.”

Governors of the northern states met with traditional rulers in the region in Kaduna State on September 27, 2021.

 

Governors of the 19 states in the North oppose the call by their southern counterparts seeking that the Presidency should be zoned to the South in 2023.

 

7. “Transmit a result electronically to show the transparency; to show that really the person you are declaring won the election is the problem.”

A file photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

 

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, raises an alarm over alleged plots to rig the 2023 general elections.

8. “Fellow Nigerians, the past eighteen months have been some of the most difficult periods in the history of Nigeria. Since the civil war, I doubt whether we have seen a period of more heightened challenges than what we have witnessed in this period”.

A file photo of President Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari recounts how the nation has fared so far, explaining that the last 18 months have been some of the “most difficult periods in the history of Nigeria”.

 

9. “No state is poor in this country; it is this over-dependence on the Federal Government.”

A file photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

 

Governor Nyesom Wike faults governors who depend on the monthly Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC), saying no state in Nigeria is poor.

 

10. “Let us put politics aside. What do we do as leaders? We have no leadership in Nigeria, that is the problem and the world is looking at us.”

Former Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido speaks during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics on September 26, 2021.

 

Former Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido, says Nigeria lacks the requisite leadership to tackle security challenges.

 

11. “We have every reason to believe that we are not dealing with just bandits.”

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A file photo of Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello

 

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, asserts that the bandits troubling the north have aligned with terrorist organizations to wreak large-scale havoc in the region.

12. “I am saddened when I see people not protecting themselves against COVID-19. We are not making vaccination compulsory, but for now, it is the best way to protect yourselves and protect the people around you. It is so sad to see people making it a political issue.”

File photo of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki

 

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State laments that people were making the COVID-19 vaccination a political issue.

 

13. “Even in the face of the many challenges confronting us as a people and as a nation, my message to every Nigerian at this time is that we have no reason to lose hope. There is enough evidence around us of the fact that while we are not yet where we would like to be as a country and as a people, we are also no longer where we used to be.”

A photo taken on August 23, 2021, shows Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at a press briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, urges Nigerians not to lose hope in the country despite the challenges the nation has been confronted with.

 

14. “NADECO implores the United Nations, its Security Council and other global bodies concerned with peaceful co-existence of the world to urgently fast-track their preparations to conduct variously demanded referendum to ascertain the wishes and aspirations for self-determination of the entrapped indigenous ethnic nationalities of Nigeria.”

NADECO logo.

 

The National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) condemns the Nigerian Constitution and ask the United Nations and other international bodies to conduct a referendum in the country.

 

15. “Following the extensive engagements, the issues are being addressed and I have directed that the suspension be lifted but only if the conditions are met to allow our citizens continue the use of the platform for business and positive engagements.”

File photo: President Muhammadu Buhari presides over the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja on August 18, 2021.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday says he had given his approval for the suspension of microblogging site Twitter to be lifted once the conditions set by the Federal Government are met.

 

16. “The recent arrests of Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Adeyemo, and the ongoing investigations being conducted have revealed certain high-profile financiers behind these individuals. We are vigorously pursuing these financiers, including one identified as a serving member of the National Assembly.”

File photo:  A screen grab taken on September 24, 2021, shows President Muhammadu Buhari addressing world leaders at the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA76) in New York, the United States.

 

Buhari reveals that a member of the National Assembly is among the high-profile individuals sponsoring the leaders of secessionist groups in the country.

 

17. “Where there is no confidence in the electoral management body (in our case – INEC), people will reject the results even before they are announced.”

File photo: Former President Goodluck Jonathan speaks in Abuja on September 10, 2021.

 

Former President Goodluck Jonathan says the reason politicians run to the courts after elections is because they have no confidence in the electoral management body.

 

18. “Transmission of election results has been one of the key areas in which reckless, unpatriotic, and self-serving politicians have undermined the integrity of the Nigerian electoral process.”

A file photo of Professor Attahiru Jega

 

Former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, calls for the electronic transmission of election results in the country.

 

19. “It’s a little bit like drink driving. We probably all had a situation where we had a beer or two and thought ‘I could still drive’, but under the law, we are not allowed to drive.”

Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Fulham at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on March 7, 2021. PHIL NOBLE / POOL / AFP

 

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says people should get vaccinated against coronavirus for the same reason they should not drink and drive, as he reveals his squad is “99 per cent” vaccinated.

 

20. “We are all relieved, him and me and the whole club. Every time he scores we have the feeling there is a VAR decision to take it away from him, there have been a lot of very narrow decisions.”

File photo:  Leeds United’s Macedonian midfielder Ezgjan Alioski (R) fouls Chelsea’s German striker Timo Werner during the English Premier League football match between Leeds United and Chelsea at Elland Road in Leeds, northern England on March 13, 2021. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / POOL / AFP)

 

Thomas Tuchel encourages Timo Werner to keep improving after the Chelsea striker’s first Premier League goal since April helped seal a 3-1 win against 10-man Southampton on Saturday.

 

21. Impunity and injustice must be vehemently rejected if Nigeria must realize her full potentials as a prosperous nation.”

A file photo of Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom
A file photo of Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom

 

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, asks Nigerians to demand for a country that guarantees justice and fairness to all.

 

22. “There is no excuse that 61 years after independence, extreme poverty is still staring the ordinary citizen in the face.”

A file photo of Atiku Abubakar.

 

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar says there is no reason the masses in Nigeria are battling extreme poverty when the country is blessed with an abundance of resources.

 

23. “Our current trials cannot draw the curtains on our story, because the vision is for an appointed time and because this country is greater than the sum of its parts and the sum of its mistakes; and because the God we serve is greater than the sum of our collective hopes and imagination, our nation will surmount our current travails and emerge in victory.”

A file photo of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) states that even though there are security, economic, religious, and ethnic challenges, the collective vision of a united, peaceful and prosperous Nigeria, where righteousness abounds, still abides.

The Platform… Nigeria What Seest Thou?

 

The Platform’s Independence Anniversary event, which is taking place in the Nigerian capital Abuja, features professionals from different fields.

Convener of the Platform Pastor Poju Oyemade, who is also the Senior Pastor and Founder of The Covenant Nation is the keynote speaker at the event.

Other speakers include Jumoke Oduwole, the Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business; Samuel Egube, Commissioner of Budget and Planning for Lagos State; and Donna Brazile, Former Chairperson of the Democratic Party, United States.

The Platform is ongoing at the Federal Capital Territory.

 

Others are Professor Fred Oyewale, Chief Economist with the New York City Economic Development Corporation; Yvonne Johnson, the Co-founder/CEO of Indicina – a FinTech infrastructure start-up focused on Africa; Feyi Fawehinmi, a writer and accountant.

The Platform is a non-political and non-partisan national development fair which holds as a global media event on Workers’ Day (May 1) and Nigeria’s Independence Day (October 1).

It hosts speakers from the highest levels of the nation’s leadership and leaders in global policy practice.

Educating The Girl-Child Is Silver Bullet To Eradicating Poverty – Sanusi

A file photo of the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.

 

A former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Lamido Sanusi is canvassing for the education of the girl-child and believes it is the ‘silver bullet’ to eradicating poverty in Nigeria.

Sanusi spoke on Thursday during The Platform, a programme to mark Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary, aired on Channels Television.

“When you look at a country like Nigeria, my sense is that the focus on the education of the girl-child and the place of the woman, are the most critical SDGs we should focus on,” the economist stated.

“If you educate a girl-child, you deal with a number of issues. You deal with the opportunities you gave to the rise of poverty, you deal with inter-generational poverty, you deal with mortality, you deal with nutrition; you deal with the education of the child because the children of educated women are more likely to be educated than the children of those who did not go to school; you deal with water and sanitation and so on.”

Sanusi explained that education of the girl-child is at the heart of development and raising the standard of living.

“So, the single silver bullet for me,  that goes to the heart of underdevelopment and poverty, is educating the girl-child and providing her with an opportunity to raise against poverty,”  the 14th Emir of Kano added.

De-emphasis On Merit

He equally lamented that in the country, especially in the public service, there is “a general de-emphasis on merit.”

According to him, there “is obviously a general de-emphasis on merit in our institutions.”

Giving an instance, Sanusi said while the Nigerian constitution mandates each state to produce a minister, “it does not say anything about the qualifications of a minister. It does not say that the minister must be qualified and competent to do the particular job he is given.”

 

 

 

 

CA-COVID Donated N900m Worth Of Food Items To Kaduna, Says El-Rufai

 

The private sector-led Coalition Against COVID-19 (CA-COVID), has donated N900million worth of food items to Kaduna State, the governor, Nasir El-Rufai has said.

According to him, this is the largest donation made to the state so far since the country began its battle against the COVID-19.

“The largest donation of food came from CA-COVID – the private sector group, led by Aliko Dangote group and others.

“They are providing N900 million worth of food items to Kaduna State. Our public servants are contributing about 700 million, the state government has raised 400 million from other donors,” the governor said on Saturday on a special state of the nation programme, The Platform.

Speaking further, he highlighted some major steps that the state is taking to curb the spread of the virus.

One of the steps include building a permanent infectious disease hospital which he believes will serve, even post-COVID-19.

“The one we have is just 16 beds, we are building a 199 bed-infectious diseases hospital which will be completed in the next eight weeks, the governor said.

“We are building infectious diseases wards in each of our general hospitals in each of the 23 local governments which will be 20 to 30 beds in each of the local governments and the main one here in Kaduna (the capital)”.

For the health workers on the front lines of the COVID-19, the governor said an insurance cover of N5 million has been provided for families of any health worker who dies in the line of duty.

“We took extraordinary steps to get PPE’s for our health workers. We’ve also insured their lives to the tune of N5 million – anyone that dies in this process, their family would get N5 million and we have also disability insurance for those that get sick and can’t work,” El-Rufai said.

According to him, even if livelihood and the economy, among other things would be affected, preserving the lives of residents from the virus has remained a priority.

“We had a trilemma on what to prioritise. Would it be lives, livelihood or liberty? We prioritised saving the lives of people,” he said.

“From day one, we decided that no matter what it costs us, we will do whatever we can to protect the people of Kaduna State.

“We’ll inconvenience people but apologise later. We’ll affect livelihoods negatively but apologise later and try to rebuild those livelihoods.

“The entire number of ICU beds in Nigeria at the onslaught of this pandemic was 350 for the entire country and in Kaduna we just have about 20 ICU beds.

“So, how are we going to handle the situation if we have 1,000 people requiring treatment.

“So, our best strategy was to prevent the spread of the virus,” he stressed.

Challenges determining who is poor

Governor El-Rufai also noted that food and other relief items are being distributed to the general public, especially the poor.

“We drew five million from the contingency fund of our 2020 budget and bought food items, packaged them and targeted nine urban local governments because most of those that are vulnerable are the urban poor because those that came from the urban areas to the cities looking for work.

“We are distributing food of approximately N2 billion to all the 23 local governments”.

The governor, however, admitted that there has been a challenge of identifying who the poor is because there isn’t any database to determine that.

Community leaders had been appointed to determine that but according to the governor, the process didn’t yield accurate results.

He, therefore, noted that going forward, the state would determine the poorest in the state by using their phone recharge purchase records.

“We believe that anyone that anyone that spends less than N200 per month on buying recharge card for his phone is poor and will need this food intervention”.

COVID-19 Should Be A Wake-up Call For Rebuilding Of Nigeria’s Health System – Oyemade

 

The Senior Pastor of the Covenant Christian Centre, Poju Oyemade, has said that the COVID-19 pandemic should be a wake-up call for the rebuilding of Nigeria’s healthcare system.

He said this on Saturday during the Church’s annual Worker’s Day programme, The Platform.

This year’s edition, however, focussed on Nigeria’s battle against the COVID-19, so far.

While giving his address, Pastor Oyemade recalled how years ago, the University College Hospital, Ibadan, where his parents both worked as doctors, was ranked among the 10 best hospitals in the commonwealth nations.


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But according to him, the current healthcare system is now nothing to be proud of.

He, however, says the current pandemic should be a wake-up call for the government to build sustainable infrastructure.

“My parents are both medical doctors and I was born while they were living on the premises of the University College Hospital, Ibadan.

“The UCH, then, was regarded as one of the best 10 hospitals in the commonwealth nations, which included hospitals in England, Whales, Scotland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand,” Oyemade said.

“That showed the kind of health care system that was in Nigeria then. This shows how much we have dropped the ball on health care in this nation and I hope this time will serve as a wake-up call to this nation to lay emphasis upon rebuilding the infrastructure of the health system in this nation”.

No Government Exists Without Security Of Lives And Property, Says Peter Obi

 

The former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has said that no government exists without securing the lives and properties of the citizens.

Mr. Obi stated this on Tuesday while speaking at The Platform, a programme by the Covenant Christian Centre to mark Nigeria’s 59th Independence Day.

He said Nigeria needs to do something very quickly and drastically on its present security situation.

“The number one job of any government in any society is to provide security for lives and properties.

“If you cannot do that then the government does not exist.”

Mr Obi explained that one of the major things needed in the country to grow its economy is an investment but questioned how secured the nation is for investors.

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He noted that security is a fundamental factor that attracts foreign investors.

According to Mr Obi, there are major factors affecting the growth of the nation which is security, education and Our economy (with emphasis on solving the current underemployment and unemployment situation)

He said Nigeria is borrowing and not impacting on the development of the country.

“We are borrowing but it is not impacting our growth. One of the crises we face as a country is the high level of our debt accumulation.

“Today Nigeria’s debt is about 28 trillion dollars. Our debt to GDP is about 25%. Singapore’s debt to GDP is 100%. In Singapore, you can only borrow for capital projects that will pay itself back.

“Nigeria’s unemployment rate is over 25%,  global life expectancy is 75 years, while for Nigeria, it is 54 years.

“Nigeria is the only country where you have a low literacy rate of 51% and this is caused by the nonchalant attitude towards our educational system”.

Mr Obi further stated that Nigeria is the home of the highest number of poor people on Earth, and in every minute, six Nigerians fall into poverty.

He said investors need peace to enjoy their dividends. Nobody is going to invest in an unsecured place no matter how huge the profit seems.

“Our ten years budget in education is not up to South African’s one year budget in education

Education

A growing economy invests at least 4% to 5% of the GDP in education.

Education is not an expense, it is an investment. The more you invest in education, the better your society.

The Chinese annual budget for education is 580 billion dollars.

In the last 10 years, Nigeria has budgeted about $4.5bn for education, less than the amount South Africa spends annually on its education.

If the money spent on subsidy was invested in education and health, it would have impacted positively in our economy at large.

Unemployment

Talks about the economy is incomplete without addressing the issue of employment and unemployment.

Unemployment and under-employment are the greatest contributors to the challenges to the growth of our economy. When people don’t have jobs, we will have terrorists and criminals in society.

NigeriaAt59: Without Power, It Is Difficult To Move Forward – Gupta

An expert on globalisation and emerging markets on Tuesday highlighted the importance of electricity in moving a nation forward.

Dr Anil Gupta, who was one of the speakers at The Platform, a programme convened by Pastor Poju Oyemade of Covenant Christian Center, stressed that Electricity is the lungs of the economy of a nation and without it; it is difficult to record progress.

He also stressed that electricity is a major aspect of Nigeria’s infrastructure which needs to be considered by the government.

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“The seeming most important aspect is electricity. Roads, highways and other segments of infrastructure are important but electricity, I will put ahead of these.

“If we look at the Industrial revolution that made America and Europe rich, starting from the early 19th century its really that the lungs which gives power to the body. It was steam engines first and electricity next.

“So, without the power, the lungs of the economy it is very difficult, it is impossible to march ahead.”

Gupta also lamented that “The electricity produced in Nigeria is very inadequate and obviously that is a segment of infrastructure where the government has almost always has played a major role.”

Making reference to statistics and estimates, he said Nigeria will experience development if electricity is given proper and adequate attention.

Financial Times statistics show that the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria spends 40% cost of production on power, Gupta said, if this is not promptly curtailed by Nigeria’s government it will “act as a constraint in terms of development.”

NigeriaAt59: High Unemployment Rate Is Highly Unacceptable – Gupta

 

An expert on globalisation and emerging markets, Dr Anil Gupta says a high unemployment rate whether individually or in a society is highly unacceptable.

Gupta, who was one of the speakers at The Platform a programme convened by Pastor Poju Oyemade of Covenant Christian Center, on Tuesday said estimates show that a huge number of Nigerian youths are unemployed a situation which he said is capable of ‘feeding’ xenophobia.

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According to him, the high rate of unemployment among young South Africans gave room for xenophobia, hence Nigeria should not treat unemployment with kids glove.

“There is a lot that Nigeria needs to do. For example, the figures according to several estimates from 15 to 35 age groups the level of unemployment or underemployment in Nigeria is well higher than 25% and that clearly tells us that something needs to be done.

“At the society level, high unemployment level runs the risk of feeding xenophobia,” Gupta said, adding that this is responsible for the recent developments in South Africa where foreigners, especially foreigners from other African countries including Nigerians are attacked.

He concluded that “a high unemployment rate is highly unacceptable individually or at the level of society.

“Looking at where Nigeria is coming from and where we are going, a lot more lies ahead.”

Gupta also pointed out that Nigeria’s GDP growth rate has been slower than the population growth rate, according to him, what this means is that per capita income in real terms in Nigeria has declined over the past years.

NigeriaAt59: Religion Must Not Be Used As A Divisive Tool, Says Oyemade

The Senior Pastor of Covenant Christian Center and Convener of The Platform, Poju Oyemade.

 

The Senior Pastor of Covenant Christian Center and Convener of The Platform, Poju Oyemade, has called on Nigerians not to allow their religious orientations or leanings to create division in the country.

Speaking at the Covenant Place, Iganmu to mark the nation’s 59th Independence Anniversary, the cleric asked citizens to instead use their religious beliefs as tools to appeal to the conscience of both the leaders and followers.

“The religion of this nation must not be used as a divisive tool but a tool to appeal to the moral conscience of men.

“We have heard from them that know that when men gather to steal public funds, the issue of tribe and religion is not taken into consideration,” he said.

He added that “the seed of our dream for a better Nigeria requires nourishment from this earth, institutional knowledge gathered all over the years.”

He recalled that when former United State President Barack Obama was launching his campaign for the presidency in 2006, he acknowledged the importance of faith.

The realisation that faith is important, according to Pastor Oyemade, perhaps explains why America is technologically and economically advanced.

“I think we make a mistake when we fail to acknowledge the power of faith in and around people. If we are going to speak to the people where they are, we must understand that Americans are religious people.

“90 percent of Americans believe in God, 70 percent are affiliated to organized religion and that 38 percent call themselves committed Christians. This is probably the most advanced society in the world,” he said.

The Platform – Redesigning The Nigerian Economy With New Ideas

Economic analysts and experts including Bismark Rewane, Charles Soludo, Anil Gupta among others are currently at the Covenant Place, Iganmu for this year’s edition of The Platform.

The bi-annual event is in celebration of Nigeria’s 59th Independence anniversary.

The theme for this edition of the programme is, ‘Redesigning The Nigerian Economy With New Ideas.’

Pastor Poju Pyemade, the Senior Pastor of Covenant Christian Center is the convener of The Platform.

We Are Already Living On Borrowed Time, Adeniyi Warns FG

 

The Chairman, Editorial Board of Thisday newspapers, Mr Segun Adeniyi, has warned the Federal Government against using oil proceeds to service recurrent expenditure, stressing that Nigeria is already living on a borrowed time.

He stated this on Wednesday while addressing participants on The Platform, an annual conference organised by the Covenant Christian Centre in Lagos.

Speaking on the theme, ‘The Drivers, Enablers, and Obstacles To Our Growth,’ Adeniyi said things may get worse for many states in the country as oil earnings are already not enough to meet recurrent expenditure.

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“With the new minimum wage, things can only get worse for many of the states and maybe even the federal government that is now heavily indebted.

“That there will be a convulsion at some point is no longer in doubt. What will trigger it is what one may not be able to put his finger on.

The Chairman, Editorial Board of This Day newspapers, Mr Segun Adeniyi.

“Therefore, it’s either we have a conversation about the future of our country in an orderly manner or it is forced upon us under circumstances in which we may have little or no control. We are already living on borrowed time,” he stated.

The 2019 May edition of The Platform is one that celebrates the Nigerian workers, designed to bring experts and inspirational figures from different works of life together.

According to the Convener of the programme, Poju Oyemade, the event has evolved to a full-scale global media event, adopting the range of key media challenge and technology to broadcast the message far and wide.

Some of the Speakers at the event were Founder and Editor Chief Pando Daily, Sarah Lacy, Founder and President of the African Institution of Technology, Dr. Ndubuisi Ekekwe, Professor Dr Anil Gupta, Ndidi Nwuneli, Chairman Board of Directors, First Bank, Ibukun Awosika, Founder and Chief Consultant of B Adedipe Associates Limited, Dr. Biodun Adedipe.

Awosika Gets Another Standing Ovation After Motivational Speech At The Platform

 

The Chairman of First Bank, Ibukun Awosika, got a second standing ovation in the space of three days on Wednesday after she gave a passionate speech at The Platform.

She got the ovation after challenging Nigerians to rally together, realise that leaders are a reflection of their followers, ask and answer the tough questions, and work towards finding the solutions needed to guarantee a bright future.

As workers across the country marked May Day, speaking the Platform which had the theme ‘The Drivers, Enablers, and Obstacles To Our Growth’, she called for solutions and innovation that will ensure that the country works.

Awosika at The Platform

“We should criticise ourselves, but we should criticize to build. We should see a problem and be angry about it and innovate and seek to find the solution to the problem because we know why we want to do it. Because we know that this country must work,” she said, during her speech.

On Monday, she had received a standing ovation from governors, governors-elect and other top dignitaries during the induction ceremony held by the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) for new and returning governors in Abuja.

At that event, she had delivered a speech on the topic “The Task of Nation Building” during which she, among other things, challenged governors to work for the people.

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She had concluded the speech by sharing her desire for the nation.

“I want my nation to work, I want to be able to tell my children this is why I say you must live in Nigeria and nowhere else. And I ask for your help that as you do what you have sworn to do or you will swear to do as you take office, that the Lord will help you to do it right, that ultimately we will build a nation that we will all be proud of,” she had said.