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Sunday, 18 November 2012 15:41

Jonathan Extols Zik’s Selfless Virtues - Vanguard

 Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe (1904-1996) Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe (1904-1996) Credit: Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has extolled the selfless qualities of Nigeria’s first President, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, and urged Nigerians to emulate him in order to move the country forward.


Jonathan made the commendation in Nsukka, at the weekend, during an anniversary lecture organised in honour of Zik by St John’s Anglican Church, Onuiyi Nsukka, where the late statesman worshipped.


He said Zik’s patriotism and selfless services made Nigeria’s independence possible. “Zik was a detribalised Nigerian, who invested his knowledge, energy, time and money to see that the country gained independence from the colonial masters. Nigerians should emulate his shinning exemplary life shown through dogged struggle to free his country from the colonial rule” Jonathan said.


The president, who was represented by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Prof Viola Onwuliri, said that, for the country to get to the next level of her development, there must be attitudinal change.  He added that Nigerians should be ready to render selfless service to the country at all times.


He continued: “We must know that Nigeria is the only country we can call our own and, therefore, must contribute selflessly to make it great. “We should make sacrifices so that struggles of our nationalist heroes will not be in vain. “We must shun bribery and corruption in every position we find ourselves in order to move the country to enviable heights”.


Former Vice-President, Chief Alex Ekwueme, who was chairman of the occasion, said contributions of Zik to the country could not be quantified as he denied himself luxury and enjoyment of life to see that Nigeria gained freedom from the colonial masters.


“Nothing will be too much to honour and immortalise Zik’s selfless service to the country,” he said.


Ekwueme commended the church for organising the memorial lecture, which, he said, was another way of honouring the late former president.


He pledged to contribute 10 per cent of the N67m required to build St John’s Church as a mark of honour to late Zik, who worshiped there while alive.


Delivering the lecture titled, ‘Transformational Leadership and the Quest for National Transformation”, Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Chinedu Nebo, said that, for transformational leadership, every citizen must be accountable and transparent.


“Until our leaders emulate people like Zik in being accountable and transparent in their various positions, the level of bribery and corruption will continue to be on the increase.


Anglican Bishop of Nsukka, Rt Rev Aloysius Agbo, had, in his remarks, said the church had plans to build a centre to be called “Zik Memorial and Tourist Centre” in honour of Zik as once outstanding member of the Anglican Church.


Agbo noted that the centre, when completed, would attract international tourists.


“With the help of our esteemed guests, we will ensure that St John will have a building that one will be proud to say that, Nigeria’s first president worshiped in it while alive.   The Anglican Church will continue to honour the late Zik because of his countless contributions to the wellbeing of the country,” he said.



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