By Bukola Olamona
The need for President Muhammadu Buhari to implement the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference has been stressed, while Nigerians have been urged to cooperate with the President in his quest to tackle corruption head on.
A literary icon and Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State, Basorun Seinde Arogbofa, OFR, made the call recently while delivering the 16th Founder’s Day Lecture of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, entitled, “Chief M. A. Ajasin and his Dream of an Incorruptible Society: The Man and His Mantra.”
Basorun Arogbofa said, “For fair play and justice, President Buhari must not sweep under the carpet the 2014 National Confab Report for therein i.e. one way or the other, lie the solutions and answers to most of our problems as a nation.
“So far, the President has been saying it loud and clear, wherever he goes either in the country or outside the country like recently in Delhi, that he would fight corruption to a standstill. Good. But he should not be pre-occupied with fighting economic corruption alone; he must throw his searchlight on moral corruption and come up with a moral rearmament programme to make his crusade on economic revolution take root and succeed.
“Our economy has been ruined by corruption. Unemployment and nepotism are cankerworms destroying the fabric of the society and are twin sisters of corruption. President Buhari must confront them headlong and set a template for fair play and justice in resolving them. Here again, Nigerians should support him for he must not fail.”
The Guest Lecturer added, “Corruption and nepotism will be reduced if we run a true Federal System of Government that we have all along been asking for since independence. President Buhari must give it a chance.”
Basorun Arogbofa urged top government functionaries and employers of labour to imbibe the legacy of Chief Ajasin to achieve the nation’s needed transformation.
He said, “The Presidency, Our State Governors, Chief Executives, all employers of labour and all employees in private and public enterprises and public servants must learn from the lifestyle of Chief Ajasin, his open administration, fair play, probity and love.”
In his Opening Address, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, said the life of Chief Michael Adekunle Ajasin, the first Executive Governor of Ondo State, personifies integrity, vision, transparency, patriotism and accountability, all which qualify him for the University to have been named after him.
The VC said the University has given a good account of itself in its 16 years of existence, saying, “Our graduates rule the academic, professional and entrepreneurial world; our students rule the tracks at home and abroad, in addition to fulfilling the feats of the alumni.”
Ajibefun said the University is poised to move from its present status as the Best State University in the country to the Best University in the nation.
He said, “As a University, we are resolved to transit from our present status as the Best State University in Nigeria. We are also determined to break the Webometric jinx to emerge one of the Top 20 universities in Africa and Top 100 in the world in no distant future. We also have our eyes on carrying out ground-breaking researches and producing a Nobel Laureate.”
He implored staff and students of the University to continue in the path that delivered laurels to the University in the last 16 years, including sustaining a culture that has delivered unbroken academic calendar and peace to the University in the last six years – and improve on it.
Ajibefun thanked Governor Olusegun Mimiko-led Ondo State Government for its unprecedented support and commitment to the development of the University.