The much anticipated 3rd Mike Omotosho Annual Lecture took centre stage at the prestigious Yardua Centre Abuja with the presence of high profile personalities of diverse intellectual background and orientation who x-rayed the theme of the lecture in a most educating and enriching discourse.
Former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke mounted the podium as a keynote speaker following the opening remark of the convener and chairman of Labour party Dr. Mike Omotosho who officially kick started the event . The lead discussants comprising Japhet Omojuwa, Love Idoko, Ahmed Buhari, Aisha Augie- Kuta, Linus Okorie, Annie Essienette and Amina Bello did justice to the topic ” Millennials As Protagonists In Nation Building” with critical analysis and contemporary references while popular anchor of Osasu TV show, Osasu Igbinedion classically moderated the discussions.
According to Imo state Governorship aspirant and leadership expert, Linus Okorie, the young people are hungry for mentorship, content, competence and value as such there is a need for serious youth development to prepare them for nation building, as the challenge is the leadership deficit capital.
A fellow panelist and Presidential aspirant Ahmed Buhari added that experience to give good leadership does not need to be political as the focus should be on comparative advantage. In his Words ” If people are not hungry they will have no reason to fight, Nigerians must start thinking of creating jobs and ensure youth participation in governance from 2019″
SSA To Kebbi State Government on New Media, Aisha Augie- Kuta buttressed the theme from the angle of collective participation and assessment using photography skill to create dialogue and tell story between the government and the people ” We are all involved in politics and it affects all we do” she added.
The programme which was powered by Mike Omotosho foundation lived up to its billing with the amazing imput and presentation of popular social media analyst Jephet Omojuwa who was of the opinion that the conversation is not about who is wrong or who is right. That the youth do not stand a better chance in political leadership in the forthcoming election ” we have 13th months to election, we are the biggest millennials in history in 2019 who can vote, it’s not an election circle reality. For the youths, nothing can fundamentally change in 2019 because we have lost it, in truth, if we want power in 2019 we should have started long before now”
In disecting the theme of the lecture, popular TV personality Love Idoke highlighted the need for youths to be focussed. She said they should be the drivers of change because a lot of young people start something without finishing, as one is remembered by what he finishes and not what he started. According to her ” focus eliminates distraction and most youth limitation is lack of focus for your location can not limit you to maximising your potentials”
The panelists ended their introductory discourse with the presentation of young entrepreneur Annie Essienette who believe that we want to be millennials that compete in global economy as attention to self development is what is needed. “There is a need for paradigm shift for meaningful conservation to be trusted with leadership. Social media and the importance of changing everything about our educational curriculum”
The highly interactive and intellectually entertaining Lecture was wrapped up with Book Presentation/ cake cutting, followed by award recognitions to some distinguished persons like Donald Duke, Sulaiman Abubakar Gumi, Mrs Kamba Rumbidzai, Amb. Chiadikaobi Charles Chukwu and Barr. Julie Okah- Donle. The 3rd Mike Omotosho annual Lecture held on 14th January, 2018 was anchored by Ben 200 and Stella Odiase.