Nigerians urged to emulate late Ambassador Isa Wali

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Nigeria’s Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has urged citizens of the country to be trustworthy and honest in all they do.

He made the remark in Abuja at an event to honour former Nigeria’s Ambassador to Ghana, Isa Wali.

Professor Osinbajo said late Ambassador Wali had good characters that were unique and not many people in the world have same.

He said the late Diplomat was a bridge builder and Nigeria needs more like him.

“The late Isa Wali did very well, he also left behind children who believe in what he did and are today propagating same. He was an extraordinary Nigerian, who had a sense of justice. Our nation needs more men and women like him, who
are prepared to put the country above themselves as well as put values
above material things,”
he said.

The Acting President emphasized that citizens must be trustworthy and honest in all they do, to further project the country among the comity of nations.

“Our nation is really in need of people who stand for values that are universal and common to all. We need a new tribe of Nigerians who believe in trustworthiness, integrity and hard work,” Professor Osinbajo stressed.

In his remark, former Head of state, retired General Yakubu Gowon said the late Ambassador did so well for Nigeria and should be recognized for the respect he had for girl child education.

In her keynote address, Nigeria’s Minister of Environment, Mrs Amina Mohammed described late Ambassador Wali as an inspiration to all Nigerians. She therefore said the country must invest a lot in education without disparity.

“A nation like ours that wants to fly high cannot do so on one wing.
Investments today are made in our men, not in our women, who have the
potential to do even far better than the men. We must discourage
she advised.

The Minister, who noted that the country needs good leadership at all levels, used the opportunity to advice that the activities of Isa Wali Foundation should be replicated in all states of the country.

The Emir of Kanu, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II also graced the occasion
where he described late Ambassador Wali as a respected scholar that was
way ahead of his time in thoughts and action.

The well attended occasion had members of the federal cabinet and former diplomats in attendance.

Donations were received to aid the activities of the Isa Wali empowerment Initiative, a nongovernmental organization that promotes course of health and education among the downtrodden.