Muritadha Maryam, Member, LAUTECH
“With great humility I accept this Investiture as the new Chancellor of this progressive institution… Nigeria stands at the threshold between greatness and failure,” says All Progressives Congress National Leader, Bola Tinubu
If you were around LAUTECH two days ago, your thoughts would be whether there was a political campaign going on. That is as a result of the various political vests you would have seen.
Wednesday, 23rd April 2014 was LAUTECH’s 11th convocation ceremony as well as the Investiture Ceremony of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu the chancellor of the prestigious university; also he was awarded a D.Sc (Honoris causa) in Management Sciences by the institution.
The event which took place at the Institution’s Convocation Ground was graced by the former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar GCFR, former major General Muhammadu Buhari, the GCFR, the Governors of the state of Osun and oyo States, the well known Bisi Akande, the First Ladies of Ogun, Oyo, Lagos and Osun States and a lots of other political dignitaries, APC political dignitaries to be precise.
With the arrival of guests, ?Vice Chancellor, Professor Adeniyi Gbadegesin declared the occasion opened after the
National Anthem was sung followed by the Oyo State Anthem. The new LAUTECH Anthem composed by the school choir was also recited.
After the recitation of his biography, Tinubu, amidst cheers and claps, rose from his seat to the main podium and
was dressed in his formal Chancellor gown and hat.
After which he gave his speech: Two Faces of Despair. According to him, LNigeria stands at the threshold between greatness and failure”.
Institutions, he said are the hope he has to provide workable solutions to these problems in order to improve the national lives of Nigerians.
In his speech, he vowed to return LAUTECH to its best self. “I dare not do less because I follow in the footsteps of great men who never saw failure as an option, he said when trying to emphasize the fact that he was not speaking empty words.
Referring to those now in government, he expressed his mind, saying, they soak thirty feet in riches while the people the allegedly govern struggles to live.
Tackling the issue of our state of nation he said, “Even the beave Robin Hood would run from Nigeria because it operates on principles reverse to those endearing the mythic hero to our imagination. Our system steal from the poor and give to the rich.”
Addressing the Boko Haram menace using the Nyanya and Borno female students abduction as examples, he explained that the government’s approach is not only tepid but wrong minded. “The Jonathan’s administration must develop a grand strategy to bind this menace,”he added.
According to him, for the government to win this case, they must do better to win the hearts and minds of the people who would in turn turn their backs against the sect. Expressing his view about the latest Nigerian achievements, that is
Nigeria being the leading economic country in Africa, he said “As much oil and gas available, we can’t boast of just one refinery.”
Addressing the alleged missing 20billion dollars that went missing which the President referred to as his campaign funds blaming Lamido Sanusi Lamido. Asiwaju asked how he came about the money, since he broadcast in 2011 that he had no shoes.
He expressed fear, saying a free and fair election might not be possible in 2015.
“THIS might actually be a great turn around for Oyo and Osun States most especially the students and staff of LAUTECH. It’s an honour to have such Scholar as a Chancellor. Where the fear lies, is we might be moving into a REAL POLITICAL REVOLUTION. And this would require sacrifices from Nigerians. How much are we ready to sacrifice for our nation? One question we must consider answering.”