*Bags Lifetime Achievement Award
Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has warned that Africa’s march to greatness may never be realised until leaders devote themselves to building egalitarian societies where no man is oppressed, but everyone is given the opportunity to excel, irrespective of gender, religion, tribe or political affiliation.
He said that France taught the world huge lessons in fairness that extended beyond the world of soccer in the just concluded 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Ekweremadu spoke in Yaoundé while delivering the keynote address at the 5thCommencement Ceremony of the ICT University, Baton Rouge, USA, Cameroon Campus at the weekend.
The senator, who was honoured with a lifetime achievement award by the university as an embodiment of both political and academic finesse, urged African leaders to give every citizen and group equal opportunity to excel and build Africa.
“The just concluded FIFA World Cup in Russia leaves us with loads of lessons. More than half of the French 23-man squad- Umutiti, Pogba, Mbappe, Dembele, Kante, among others- are young men of African origin given the opportunity to excel, not minding their roots.
“Giving everyone the opportunity to become the best he or she is capable of also accounts for the success of nations like the USA. It is called the American dream.
“Unfortunately, most of Africa’s crises, conflicts, restiveness, and separatist agitations have their roots in injustice and inequity, especially the failure of leaders to do justice to all manner of people as contained in their oaths of office”.