TAMEB: Hagher, Jegede, Abdukareem, Others, Preach Peaceful Co-Existence

In line with its vision statement of making Nigeria a nation where different cultural and religious beliefs are not a factor in creating societal conflicts and people are able to live cohesively in peace, non-governmental, non-profit advocacy organization, Taking All Men Brother (TAMEB) last Saturday held its first outreach programme of 2018.

At the Lagos Event Centre, Oregun, Ikeja, the efforts of the convener, Miss Iyabo Ogundiran is seen to be yielding positive fruits as the likes of Professor Iyorwuese Hagher; Dr. Obafemi Jegede; Mr. Sulaiman Adegbenro; Honourable Commissioner, Abdulateef Abdulkareem;  Ifa Priest, Adekola Olawunsi, Venerable Funsho Awe spoke passionately and glowingly about the need for Nigerians to co-exist peacefully.

Theme for the day: Nigeria: A Nation In Need of Healing. Who Is Your Neighbour and How Can We Impact Positively In Each Other’s Lives.

Barring their minds on the first topic; Nigeria: A Nation In Need Of Healing, Hagher who is a renowned activist for social justice, Pro chancellor, Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti and President, Africa Leadership Institute, USA maintained that Nigerians should think Nigeria first before tribe. He added that what the problem is, is the missing link to change the narrative.

Jegede, a Reverend of the Methodist church, Nigeria, and senior research fellow in the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan described the country as a confused nation because of western colonial agenda. He insisted that democracy has been in Nigeria before western democracy as he explained that ‘our own is all inclusive. The king calls all community.’

Next was the thought of Olawunsi, a career academician, a licensed priest of the Nigerian Baptist Convention and a trained Ifa Priest. He informed the gathering that during the era of the gods, each of the 401 primordial divinity practiced confederacy which could as well be replicated here.

For Hon, Commissioner of Home Affairs and Culture, Lagos State, Abdul-Lateef Abdul-Kareem the problem with Nigeria is not democracy but Nigerians themselves. “If you have a new vehicle with a drunkard as driver, it will never get to its destination. It is no longer about the system or constitution but ourselves. We will eventually sit down. Political participation is how the people constitute government not representatives. What we are experiencing is transitional. We should put religion aside.” 

The topic shifted to participation of youths in holding public office which Prof. Hagher fully agreed with. He said; “I believe in the youths. The youths are more equipped, better prepared. The Nigerian youth is resilient. It is not age that determines the consciousness; it is the quality of the good digital mind.
Dr. Jegede urged the youths to make up their minds to change things as Olawunsi advocates that they show character to convince the populace of their capability in seeking for public office.

Abdul-Kareem who was a former member, Lagos House of Assembly and a former Special Adviser to Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola on Political and Legislative Powers,  maintained that it is not about age as the old and young can govern if they have what it takes to govern. He advises that to succeed in their quest, the five Ps are necessary which are; Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance. He said that anyone that wants to serve must have as requisite education, experience and exposure and must be really prepared as power is not served ala carte.

On Forgiveness and Restructuring, Hagher who was also a former Nigerian High Commissioner, Canada and Mexico and former senator in the second republic, founding chairman, association of Pro-Chancellors of private universities made it clear that without forgiveness, there is no future. He said: “As we talk about forgiveness, we must talk about talk about justice and there must be restitution. If there is no restitution, there is no future. Ours may not be the best form of government but democratic government is the best form of government. The youths should reject everything that is anti development and embark on personal mind revolution.”

Dr. Jegede calls for peace and reconciliation committee to be established to re-mobilise people to national development.

Renowned Islamic scholar, broadcaster, musicologist and registered advertising practitioner, Mr. Sulaimon Adegbenro, aka Consoligbadun an independent broadcaster with DAAR Communications and Venerable Funsho Awe who has made his intentions known to govern Lagos State, gave good account of themselves as they took over a session answering pertinent questions from the gathering on topical issues.

The event ably moderated by Mr. Dieko Gilbert witnessed an inspirational playlet on the need for all to come together to make the nation great.
TAMED Kwara showcased some women that were empowered by the organization with their products.

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