A call has gone to Nigerian leaders and followers in Nigeria to play their roles in re-building the country into a nation of the collective dream and aspiration of the people.
The former Lagos State Governor and a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, who made the call while speaking yesterday during the 10th year remembrance anniversary of his late uncle, Alhaji Kafaru Tinubu, harped on the need for dedication to nation building by all Nigerians.
"Therein lies our future as a people. Let us use this somber occasion to rededicate ourselves to building a new Nigeria. However, this will not happen by mouthing happy words.
“It can only happen by emulating the life of the man we honour and of the lives of others like him who in their places of vocation, their homes and wherever they found themselves, lived according to a lofty purpose and sought a higher goal. Let us be like them and build a better Nigeria by being better Nigerians," he said.
Tinubu seized the occasion to highlight what needed to happen before Nigeria can be a better country.
He used his uncle's life an example of the lofty ideas we "must hold on to and the kind of duty we must render to our country."
According to him, the late Kafaru would want Nigerians to strive toward unity, justice, democracy, prosperity and peace.
“We should do this not only because this is what he wanted but because this is good. It is the only way to give life its better meaning."
He therefore urged political leaders to take a cue from the likes of Kafaru by re-dedicating themselves to the true service of Nigeria and imbibe his kind of patriotism that drove him to invest his life in making Nigeria work.
Tributes poured forth o for the late Patriarch of the Tinubu Family, Alhaji Kafaru Oluwole Tinubu,
Other relatives, friends and associates who honoured the late Tinubu included Lagos State Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), his Ekiti State counterpart, Kayode Fayemi and the President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote.
The occasion, which witnessed the groundbreaking ceremony of the proposed Kafaru Oluwole Tinubu Memorial Mosque, was also attended by members of the State Executive Council, including Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris and his Science and Technology counterpart, Hon. Adebiyi Mabadeje; former Minister of Foreign Affairs, General Ike Nwachukwu (rtd); traditional rulers and the Chief Imam of Lagos, among other dignitaries from all walks of life across the country.
In his remark at the occasion, Fashola described the late Tinubu as a great man who served humanity selflessly adding that he was “part of the goodness that God gave to Lagos and Nigeria.
“Many whose lives he touched, including me, will bear testimony to the humane, compassionate and God-fearing character of this legendary Commissioner of Police from Kakawa area of Lagos who defended people’s rights with much vigour as he upheld discipline and enforced the law.”
Others who paid tribute included widow of the deceased, Hajia Bintu Fatimah Tinubu; Oba of Lagos, Oba Riliwanu Babatunde Akiolu I, who was represented at the occasion by one of his chiefs; Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba Erediauwa and retired Inspector General of Police, Etim Inyang among numerous other associates, friends and family members.
Highlight of the occasion was the ground-breaking ceremony to commence the building of the Kafaru Oluwole Tinubu Memorial Mosque which was performed by Fashola accompanied by the children and widow of the deceased, clerics, Tinubu, Dangote, Fayemi and other dignitaries.