President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, blamed past leaders for Nigeria’s current misfortune, saying that they lacked “foresight, uprightness and managerial skills.” The president was represented by Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, who spoke in Abeokuta, Ogun State, at the 20th memorial service of the first female industrialist in Nigeria and third Iyalode of Egbaland, the late (Mrs) Esther Bisoye Tejuoso.
The Memorial Service and Symposium at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, was jointly organised by the Tejuoso Royal Family and Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission.
Mr. Buhari called on Nigerians to be faithful to the “unity, security and progress” of the nation, the president said the enduring and honest legacies of the nation’s past heroes should motivate the rest of the bread and butter to be dedicated to progress and salvage Nigeria from the current economic downturn.
The late Chief Mrs Bisoye Tejuoso was described as a “mentor and shining light” to many, he said if the nation’s past leaders had had the kind of “foresight, uprightness and managerial skills” of the late female industrialist, Nigeria probably would not be having the current economic trauma.
According to Buhari,
“If our leaders had demonstrated the foresight, uprightness and managerial skills of Chief Bisoye Tejuoso our economy would have been better. Our past leaders refused to save and diversify the economy.
Chief Bisoye Tejuoso’s success story in business can serve as a roadmap on how we can come out of recession.
She rewarded excellence and merit. She was a true heroine and a woman of courage.
Her life should propel us to dedicate our lives more to the unity, progress and security of our country,” the President said.
Also in attendance, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo stated that state or community policing is key to tackling the internal security challenges facing the country. Osinbajo said the Nigerian Police have not been able to solve the puzzle behind the murder of the matriarch of Tejuoso dynasty 20 years after her violent death. Chief (Mrs) Esther Bisoye Tejuoso, mother of a prominent Egba traditional ruler, Oba (Dr) Adedapo Tejuoso, was supposedly assassinated by gunmen at her Lagos residence on the 19th of September, 1996.
The Vice-President added that the late industrialist gave him N12,000 in 1984 when his rented flat in Lagos went ablaze. He said Nigeria with a population of about 170million people cannot be effectively policed from a Central Command in Abuja.