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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has advised Nigerians to desist from undermining the Nation but rather promote the positives and goodness in the country.  

The Governor, who spoke through the Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, made the call at the 16th Edition of the Emmanuel Onyechere Osigwe Aniyam-Osigwe Lecture Series, with the theme: “Rehumanising Human Experience: A Synopsis of Anyim-Osigwe’s Treaties” held on Monday at Marriot Hotel, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos.  

He said: “We should not undermine our society by always looking at our negatives, rebroadcasting our negatives, and pushing down our positives. It is for us to understand that as a Nation we make mistakes but we must look at the good side and continue to build our Nation”. 

Speaking on the lecture, the Governor noted that the theme is apt, that is, going back to first principles; rediscovering or reconstructing that connects to the divine, adding that it is a very timely issue as a nation to confront and debate, especially in a world increasingly afflicted by rising inequality, terrorism, pandemics, rising geopolitical tensions, dangerous populism, climate change and the disturbing unpredictability of technological disruption. 

Sanwo-Olu added that until everyone is free from poverty, war, and violence, no one is free and that the topic is a clarion call and challenge that must be taken up collectively by all of humanity, for all of humanity.  

In his lecture, themed: “Rehumanising Human Experience: A synopsis of Osigwe-Anyiam-Osigwe Treatises”, the British former Prime Minister, Mr. Boris Johnson, stressed the importance of human potential and how best to maximise the potential of the citizens.  

He stated that government must ensure some criteria if it hopes to enhance the potential of its citizens to bring about economic growth. These, according to him, include safety and equality under the law; the right to choose and remove those who govern them; freedom to live as they wish provided within the law and guaranteeing an open society without discrimination. 

The Former British Minister also added the government should ensure a seamless and cost-effective transportation system in the state and provide qualitative education for both male and girl children to avoid the extinction of human talents. 

He, therefore, called for further collaboration and synergy between Nigeria and Britain to tackle similar challenges together and do more together 

Earlier in his remarks, the former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku urged political leaders across the world to effectively pursue the theme of the lecture by making the comprehensive welfare of the people the bedrock of policies and actions that will make the world more habitable for everyone.  

In his welcome address, the Coordinator-General of the Osigwe-Anyiam-Osigwe Foundation, Charles Anyiam-Osigwe stated that the foundation’s purpose is to realize a better world order which can be made possible with the potential built-in man. 

He noted that “in earth-bound existence, whether in the development of the sciences, technology, architecture, environment, economics and economic policy, agriculture, industry, ethical sustainability, man is the factor in giving direction and determining the depth of development.  

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