Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, Thursday bemoaned the non recognition and celebration of worthy Nigerians by until foreigners begin to see the good in such persons.
Speaking at a send off lunch he organized in honor of Most Reverend Josiah Idowu-Fearon on his appointment as the Secretary General of the World Anglican Communion at the Obasanjo Presidential Library, the former President said that Nigerians should see the good things in themselves.
Addressing the gathering which included the Catholic Bishop of Abuja ; Cardinal John Onaiyekan and the Ogun State Deputy Governor; Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, President Obasanjo said that God has been using foreign bodies to recognised and celebrate worthy Nigerians. He said “one of the things we don’t often do is that we don’t see the good in ourselves but God has been gracious enough that others see good in us and celebrate us.
“We have treasures in our hands and I pray God continue to help us to appreciate what we have and use it for the honour and glory of the country” He explained that the Lunch held at the Green Legacy Resort Hotel within the Presidential Library was to honour Bishop Idowu-Fearon who is said was a worthy person who has been recognised and appointed by he Anglican Communion, He however expressed regrets that some Muslims invited across the country could not make the lunch because of the Ramadan.
In his own remarks Bishop Idowu-Fearon said that with his new appointment, he would be based in the United Kingdom where he would be working with the Archbishop of Canterbury, coordinate the Anglican Consultative Council comprising of 38 Provinces and coordinate the Primates meeting. Speaking about President Obasanjo, the Bishop said thathis analysis of the state of the nation was always amazing and that through Obasanjo he had become more informed on the nation’s politics.
He said “Baba is is not for Christians only he is baba for everybody . Christians , Muslims and traditional worshipers. It is one God. What we cannot do away with is specificity. “The Sultan was going to come but had to travel. The Publisher of Trust Kabir Yusuff and Aba Kyari. But the Ramadan”.
Also present at the lunch were the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo; the Olubara of Ibara, Oba Jacob Omolade; the Publisher of Leadership newspaper, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah; General Manager of Vanguard newspapers, Mr. Gbenga Adefaye; Senator Tunde Ogbeha, Capt. Toju Ogisi and Chief Yemi Ogunbiyi among others.