Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Former Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Inter-Party Affairs, Sen. Ben Obi, has called for the adoption of Rotary International’s approach to solving injustices and leadership crisis in the country.
Obi made the call at the installation ceremony of Mr Kanayochukwu Obidigbo as the tenth President, Rotary Club of Awka, Unizik Chapter, District 9142, in Awka.
Obi, who was the guest speaker, said the country was nose-diving into dilemma of injustices where the poor and disadvantaged were at the mercy of the elite and leaders.
According to him, wickedness, man’s inhumanity to man, killings, hatred, persecutions, scarcity, aggressions, victimizations, bad governance, bribery and corruption have assumed alarming rate.
Obi added that the recurrent dilemma of seemingly unending leadership succession, transition and punctuality to tenure responsibilities were major issues confronting the country.
“Obviously, these self-created hydra-headed problems have placed most Nigerians in the category of being eaten as the food and made slaves in the midst of plenty in Prof. Patrick Lumumba’s narratives,” he stressed.
However, Obi said Rotary had demonstrated a great deal of leadership skills and succession pattern that had interrogated the leaders and thinkers of the state.
“Nigerian leaders should adopt Rotary’s ‘4 Way Test’ – Is it the truth; Is it fair to all concerned; Will it build goodwill and better friendship; and Will it be beneficial to all concerned, in handling affairs of the country.
“The inspiring Rotary Catechism remains a compendium on the way to go at a critical time like this in the life of our dear nation and the world at large,” he emphasised.
While commending the organisation for making the country a Polio free nation, Obi urged the new Rotary leadership to embrace and take seriously the stated Rotary principles.
In his remarks, the chairman of the occasion, Chief Uche Udedibia called for the establishment of a training institute for elected leaders in the country.
According to him, we need a training institute for our elected leaders where they will study Nigeria’s history, conflict resolution and dialogue processes among other things as a way of re-defining ourselves as a people.
On his part, the newly installed Rotary President, Mr Kanayochukwu Obidigbo promised to embark on membership recruitment and promote education and literacy through scholarships.
Other programmes outlined for his one year leadership service include enhancement of the immunization exercise for children against Polio and awareness programme to maintain proper hygiene and sanitation.
“We shall collaborate with the UNICEF and WHO to engage students and pupils on the importance of healthy living and clean environment.
“We are to sustain Green Life Posture of past leaders in tree planting to beautify the environment,” Obidigbo added.
The occasion also witnessed presentation of awards to distinguished personalities including the state Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mr Ayodele Kumapayi and the state Commissioner of Police, Mr John Abang.
Others are the state Director of DSS, Mr Yusuf Isyaku, Chief Ifeanyichukwu Okafor, a businessman and the Managing Director of the state Broadcasting Service, Mr Uche Nwora.
Also, the Managing Director of the state Newspaper outfit, National Light, Mr Chuka Nnabuife, was among the recipients honoured for their contribution in the development and protection of lives and property.