The immediate past Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has called on Nigerian youths to emulate a former President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Dr. Dipo Fashina, in their efforts to move the nation forward.
He said this on Tuesday at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife during the public presentation of a book titled, ‘Perspectives on Dipo Fashina’s scholarship, activism and ideology,’ to celebrate the 70th birthday of Fashina who is popularly known as Jingo.
Jega, who showered encomiums on the celebrant, said he learnt a lot from him during their time as ASUU leaders, saying the youths needed to emulate the virtues of selflessness, courage and honesty from the man he described as an icon of struggle.
He said, “We many need people, who are selfless and, who have clear perceptive, who have intellectual capacity and who can mobilise the people and who can stand for principle and be ready to die for their principle.
“At 70, we can have the passion and the commitment and we will continue to have the passion, commitment and doggedness to do that which is right for our country until we depart this world.But changing this world, we will require the energy, the engagement of these young ones ( students).”
The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba, also urged Nigerian leaders to emulate the honesty and steadfastness of Fashina and be ready to stand for the people.He also urged the youths to learn to stand for the right things and to be courageous to defend their position no matter the pressure.He lauded Fashina for always being at the forefront of every struggle for the emancipation of the masses and to ensure adequate funding for public institutions.
He said, “We are here to celebrate Dipo because he has put in more than enough to ensure social justice in the country.We must celebrate selfless people like him and our political elite must emulate this. They must copy Dipo’s life of consistency and accountability.”