In the wake of the celebration of the 100 years posthumous birthday of late freedom fighter and former South Africa President, Nelson Mandela, the Executive Chairman, Agege Local Government, Alh. Ganiyu Kola Egunjobi, has urged Nigerian activists to emulate the African hero.
The council boss made the charge when he received a cross-section of civil society organizations today, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, in his office in celebration of the 100 years of the birth of late Nelson Mandela.
Recall that the centenary celebration was set aside by the United Nations to reflect on Mandela’s life and legacy and follow the deceased’s call to “make the world a better place”.
Egunjobi chief appealed to the groups to emulate the late icon saying he “stood for truth in the face of persecution, oppression and imprisonment and did not betray the trust reposed in him by black South Africans.”
He noted with concern the growing trend in Nigeria where some persons joined activism because of pecuniary gains adding that the situation was a pointer to how low we have sunk in the country.
“It is sad that we go the inordinate length to look for money including resulting to subtle blackmail under the cover of civil society organisations. We must be honest in our pursuits and play the game by the rule so that we can achieve Nigeria of our dream,” he said.
Decrying people’s apathy towards the government, Egunjobi enjoined activists to lead the charge on citizen participation in governance. “People cannot complain of bad leadership and government if they stay aloof and do not keep public office holders and government officials on their toes. In developed climes, everybody is involved. I appeal to you, to mobilize people to developed interests in government’s activities at any level,” he said.