President Bola Tinubu celebrated the life and legacy of the late patriarch of the Tinubu family, Alhaji Kafaru Oluwole Tinubu on the 20th anniversary of his passing.
President Tinubu extolled the sterling qualities of the late patriarch, who was a distinguished public servant, lawyer, administrator, and philanthropist.
“Baba was the finest of men. He was an honourable man; he was noble. He believed in defending the weak against the strong and standing for what is just even at the cost of personal liberty. He was my fortress in the dark days of oppression. He was my rock.
“Baba was selfless. He never stopped giving himself; his fortune, and everything for the betterment of others,” the President says.
The President recalled the invaluable advice, support, and guidance the late patriarch provided him when he served as the governor of Lagos State.
“Baba was passionate about good governance. When I was the governor of Lagos, he was always on hand to offer brilliant advice and guidance.
“He left a legacy that is larger than life. We will continue to celebrate Baba as well as the values and principles he exemplified,” the President declared.
Obasanjo only true nationalist, other presidents are ethnic leaders — Amaechi
Former minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, says Nigeria is still in search of national leaders, and its democracy needs serious rethinking in terms of scope and focus.
Amaechi was the guest speaker at the 2023 TheNiche Annual Lecture themed “Why We Stride and Slip: Leadership, Nationalism, and the Nigerian Condition,” held on Thursday in Lagos.
He questioned the extent to which Nigerian leadership has been imbued with the necessary sense of national unity.
“The only person near that point of nationalism, with all due respect, is ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo. The rest are ethnic leaders.
“Truly remarkable national leadership is the ability of a leader to galvanise the totality of a nation around the common national banner with a vision and a sense of mission.
“The truly remarkable national leader is the one who can rise above limitations to take the nation and its people to that place they long for but have never been before.
“It is a place of national greatness, pride, achievements, and shared goals, aspirations, and prosperity,” he said