Nigeria Needs More Rebels — Obasanjo
A former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, says Nigeria needs more rebels who would speak the truth to power not minding whose ox is gored.
This, he said, was one of the greatest steps towards rebuilding Nigeria.
Obasanjo spoke on Saturday in Abeokuta, Ogun State, while unveiling the autobiography of the Babanla Adinni of Egbaland, Chief Tayo Sowunmi, titled “Footprints Of A Rebel.”
The autobiography, which was reviewed by Hafsat Abiola Costello, founder of Kudirat Initiative for Democracy, was unveiled as part of the 80th birthday celebration of former activist and elder statesman, Sowunmi.
In his brief remarks, Obasanjo noted that for Nigeria to move forward, it required “more rebels” to stand and speak for the truth.
He added that whoever must live a life of honesty and integrity had to be a rebel.
Obasanjo said, “Looking at the title of the book, I ask myself, why would someone call himself a rebel, but it is good. The truth is that if you have to live a life of honesty and integrity, you have to become a rebel. There would be some time you would be asked have to do something, but you would say no, this is not right. And when you say that you will become a rebel. You may even become a persona non grata.
“Our country, there is no country that we can call our own except Nigeria. Our country, Nigeria, needs more of rebels. Those who would look at things straight in the face and say ‘this is not right’, ‘this, I will not be part of’, ‘this is not good for Nigeria.”
Obasanjo saluted the octogenarian for living “an exemplary life worthy of emulation by the younger generation.”
Earlier in his speech titled, “Worthy Nation Building Legacies by the older generation of Nigerians,” the Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, Pastor Tunde Bakare, called for inter-generational reintegration between older and younger generations, as part of efforts to rebuild Nigeria.
According to him, it is a shame that while younger generations are taking over leadership in other countries, the older generation refuses to leave the stage in Nigeria.
Bakare argued that the nation rebuilding development had suffered because of the marginalisation of the youth and the progressives who abandoned politics.
He also blamed the nation’s challenges on those he called “moneybags and bullion van politicians.”
Bakare, however, called for generational reintegration, beginning from the households, embracing cultural values that foster nation-building, as well as mentoring and leadership development for the younger generation.
Actor, Jerry Amilo Narrates How He Died & Resurrected After 3 Days In Morgue
Legendary actor, Jerry Amilo has narrated how he ‘died and resurrected’ after three days in the morgue following a fatal road accident in 1998.
Actor Jerry Amilo Reveals How He ‘Died And Resurrected’ After Three Nights In Morgue
Jerry Amilo Shared Details Of His Fatal Accident During an interview with BBC Igbo, the actor said he was returning to Lagos from Ibadan alongside his lawyer, late Dịlo, when the front tire of his vehicle suddenly spun off its wheel.
The ‘Ara Nwanyi Asaba’ actor said the police confirmed everyone in the vehicle dead and he was told that his body had suddenly started twitching after three days in the morgue, causing panic.
He said, “It’s a testimony. It’s true that I was no more and returned after three nights in the mortuary. I was involved in a terrible accident. We all died. That same day the accident happened was 30th of May, 1998.
“It was the day I had won the ‘Best Action Actor’ category of an award on its debut. I had gone to see my brother in Ibadan for business. I was returning with my lawyer. I was driving and suddenly saw my front tire ahead of me.
“The front tire removed. I turned to Dịlo, my lawyer, to ask if he was seeing what I was seeing. I couldn’t finish the words. We all died. That was all I could remember. The vehicle somersaulted, over 16 times, as I was later told.
“From accounts, I was told that a trailer driver was returning to Lagos from an offload point in Ibadan. He was returning to Lagos when he witnessed the accident. He got to the toll gate to report to the police. It was at 7 pm.
“The police got there and found us all dead. They took our corpses to the police station. They took inventory. Those who resumed the next morning took us to the morgue where there hadn’t been a power supply for three weeks.
“It’s a hospital morgue for accident victims. It was full. Most bodies start decaying before being claimed. Three days later, it seemed as though my body was twitching. The attendant had been with my body but it didn’t decay a bit.”