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•Quality readers breed quality leaders

By Adesina Wahab

THE Ooni of Ile Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, yesterday, urged Nigerian leaders to always walk the talk in the discharge of their responsibilities to the people and the nation at large.

He spoke in Lagos at the Flannel Business School Book Roundtable with the theme ‘The book as an agent of change in a rapidly changing world.’

The Ooni, who was the Royal Father of the Day, said gatherings like that were not lacking in Nigeria, but they needed follow-up to make use of the outcomes to move the society forward.

His words: “We don’t lack the people with the competence and ideas that can move our society forward and who would proffer great ideas in gatherings like this, but the issue is when we come up with the ideas, we must walk the talk by putting up great efforts to make our country better and greater.

“The Director-General of Flannel Business School, Mr Lawrence Omidiora, is tenacious in whatever he does and from the throne of Oduduwa, which belongs to all of us, I promise to support you to the end.”

In his remarks, the Guest Speaker, Prof. Pat Utomi, said the organisers have done well by putting up a programme to encourage the reading culture in Nigeria, saying making the people read is a huge task.

Speaking on the state of the nation, Utomi said lack of idea was one of the biggest hindrances most Nigerian leaders face.

He said: “Great ideas come from reading books and that is the only way to bridge the idea gap. We all know that knowledge is power. It is the poverty of idea that would make somebody think that he needs to steal billions of naira of public funds to survive and even think he is making provision for his generations yet unborn.

“People should set aside time to read a good book a day. Also, whoever wants to be immortalised should endeavour to write books. What people like Shakespeare wrote hundreds of years ago are still being quoted when people speak.”

A panel discussion, comprising Mr Dare Oluwatuyi, Dr Wale Okediran, Sir John Asein, Dr Adeshola Falaye, Dr Kolade Mosuro, Mr Asawo Ibifuro and Mr Samuel Kolawole, later deliberated on issues relating to the book industry.

Omidiora, in his remarks, noted that the life one lives depends on the books one reads just as he encouraged all to cultivate good reading culture.

Awards were given to Oba Dapo Tejuosho, the Osile of Oke Ona, Abeokuta, the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo among others.

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