Zik award, a priceless honour- Anyim
By Ruth oginyi
Former Senate President Anyim Pius Anyim says for a better Nigeria, the country needs a selfless leader like late Nnamdi Azikiwe.
He described Zik as a relentless defender of justice and an ardent believer in the unity of Nigeria which should be emulated.
He said Nigeria leaders to address the current challenges, must have vision and capacity, be determined, and above all be inclusive.
The senator spoke in Lagos when he received the 2020 Zik award alongside other prominent Nigerians.
According to Anyim who was also former Secretary to the federation, to be associated with the name Zik is a priceless honor to any Nigerian.
Anyim among others received the Year 2020 Zik Prize in the Leadership category.
“We congratulate you all for sustaining this tradition for the past 26 years. Let me also on behalf of all of us pledge our commitment to continue to uphold the ideals of the great personage in whose name these Awards were instituted.
“To be associated with the name Zik is a priceless honor to any Nigerian.
“The revered Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe exemplified principled, committed, and focused leadership. Zik was an outstanding and charismatic leader. A passionate patriot; an unapologetic nationalist; a relentless defender of justice and an ardent believer in the unity of Nigeria. These qualities stood Zik and his fellow nationalists out as leaders who rose to the challenges of their time, who fought with all they had, liberated us from the shackles of colonialism, and laid a solid foundation for a nation with every potential to be a strong and respected voice among the comity of nations.
“Nigeria now, more than ever before, is in urgent need of men and women who will think, act and live like Zik and his fellow nationalists. It is appropriate to always recall and honor the likes of Herbert Macaulay, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Michael Okpara, Chief Anthony Enahoro, Chief J.S Tarka, Chief Harold Dappa-Biriye, Alhaji Aminu Kano, and the host of others.
“In memory of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, I want to acknowledge and pay special tribute to all our Leaders, both dead and living, for the huge sacrifices they made to secure for us a free and independent nation. They were guided in their actions by what was best for the citizens of Nigeria. They provided leadership that inspired their followers. They faced daunting challenges but they overcame those challenges and achieved their objectives because of their commitment to building our nation.
“They understood that nation-building is an arduous task. It calls for sacrifices, patience, tolerance, accommodation, and consensus-building. We need to imbibe the spirit that guided our leaders in the past.”
He maintained that as the people are growing, the world is changing and problems are now monumental and more complex in the country and need good leadership to tackle the demands of the yearning youths.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, I will not belabor you with further reference to our national decline but I make haste to say that the leadership approach that will cope with these challenges must be beyond the usual.
“We need leadership that will change these challenges into a success story. Such leadership must have vision and capacity, be determined, and above all be inclusive.
“Permit me to further mention that the challenges of leadership will be much more daunting as we move towards the 2nd quarter of the 21st Century (2026 – 2050) due to the effects of the 4th industrial revolution popularly known as Industry 4.0,” he said