NIGERIAN Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has depicted former president Olusegun Obasanjo, as a global statesman and a true African symbol.
Osinbajo included that relatively few individuals had the chance of leaving a mark on the world and composing it in life, as done by Obasanjo, who had the uncommon chance of directing the nation, as a military head of state and two-term justly chose president.
He made the comments at the excellent opening of the multibillion naira Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, on Saturday, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
Osinbajo noticed that the library would be an asset focus, where more youthful eras would not just visit to gain from what they see and listen, additionally what is inferred.
“Not very many people have a possibility of leaving a mark on the world less still have a favorable luck of composing it. Baba Olusegun Obasanjo is unquestionably one of those uncommon individuals.
“There are no less than two favorable circumstances to composing history. The most genuine preferred standpoint is that, it is one certain method for protecting the lessons, the disappointments and the accomplishments of the past and we can approach the future with all the more beyond any doubt footedness and less torments.
“History is the most caring instructor. Sooner or later in time, we were told in a maxim that experience is the best educator, however now, we know it is just 50% of a well-said shrewd saying.
“The full explanation of that proverb is that experience is the best instructor for a trick. An insightful man needn’t bother with the torment of understanding, history is a kinder and a more empathetic instructor.
“President Olusegun Obasanjo is, in this way, a blessing in different ways. His fate is unpredictably fixing to the historical backdrop of Nigeria from autonomy to common war, turning into the Head of State, giving over to common lead and being twice chosen as President of Nigeria and after that giving over to another President.
” His persevering legacy will be his confidence in one in number, detribalised Nigeria and this is so prove in the social events of Nigerians here today. He likewise has faith in words and by and by that Africa joined in vision and considerations once more, that Pan-Africanist vision is apparent in the expansive social occasion of African be serving and previous Heads of governments here present.
“Be that as it may, we lessen his vision on the off chance that we don’t perceive his place as a world-statesman, even that is clear from the delegates of the world that are available here today,” Osinbajo said.
The executive, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who led the event, said the foundation of the Presidential Library by Obasanjo, has turned into a priority that must be imitated by African pioneers.
Sirleaf reviewed that the primary Presidential Library was devoted by President Franklin Roosevelt of the United States of America in 1941, and recognized Obasanjo for the activity in building up the main presidential library in Africa.
She said that such libraries would benefit the administrations to save records of their past for future era.
“History will bear truth to this priority setting event in Africa. This will be a long legacy for fruitful resigning presidents to record and safeguard the historical backdrop of country working for flourishing and for the advantage of today and future eras.
Obasanjo, in his appreciated address, said the foundation of the library was a climax and satisfaction of a desire which began in 1988.
He said that he set out on the venture in which he was not such of its end.
Obasanjo valued every one of the individuals who contributed monstrously in making the venture a reality.
The occasion was gone to by previous United Nations Secretary General, Mr Kofi Annan; previous leader of Ghana, Mr John Kuffor; previous military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar; previous President Goodluck Jonathan; Ogun State representative, Senator Ibikunle Amosun; Lagos State representative, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode and the national pioneer of the All Progressives Congress of Nigeria, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Others are previous governors of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba; Chief Gbenga Daniel, previous legislative leader of Oyo State, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala; previous legislative leader of Jigawa, Mallam Sule Lamido; previous legislative head of Cross River State, Mr. Donald Duke and previous legislative leader of Osun State, Chief Olagunsoye Oyinlola.
Others present were business tycoons, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola, the executive of the United Bank for Africa, Mr. Tony Elumelu, pastors of Solid Mineral Development, Finance, Transportation and Information and Culture, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi and Alhaji Lai Mohammed separately; previous Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu; Mr Segun Awolowo, the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, the Alafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and the director of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.
Review that the notable function of OOPL occurred in 2005.
Offices inside the library complex incorporate an exhibition hall, a natural life park,senior subjects focus, Youth Development Center, Green Legacy Resort, Senior Citizens Center, among others.