- Obasanjo’s Assessment of Nigerian Leaders: Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, speaking at the National Daily Awards in Lagos, compared the performances of Nigerian leaders post-independence with the present and concluded that Nigerians of the past were better. He emphasized that making the right choices of leaders is crucial for a nation’s progress and expressed concerns about the qualities and values exhibited by leaders today.
- The Need for National Transformation: Obasanjo raised questions about Nigeria’s fulfillment of its potential as a giant in the global community, citing the high expectations expressed by world leaders after independence. He urged the nation to reflect on its values, address the absence of certain qualities in current leadership, and work towards a unified Nigeria that upholds justice, equity, and fairness.
- Call for Individual and Collective Excellence: Recognizing the unique individual achievements of Nigerians globally, Obasanjo emphasized the importance of unity in driving the country towards its desired future. He stressed the need for peace, security, and stability as vital elements for national development. Chairman of the Occasion, Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, echoed these sentiments, emphasizing the role of leaders in demonstrating capacity, character, and setting a positive example for the nation.