Nigeria is in dire need of men and women of strong character who should contribute positively towards economic and political development of the country, says Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo.
He bared his mind at the 50th anniversary ceremony in honour of late Ambassador Isa Wali, which held at the Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja.
The event was organised by the Isa Wali Empowerment Initiative (IWEI), an organisation founded in memory of the late diplomat.
Osinbajo, described Wali as a crusader of social justice like Martin Luther King of the United States of America and Nelson Mandela of South Africa who fought for the rights of ordinary people in their nations.
People with such human values were not lacking in Nigeria and they needed to be identified and allowed to contribute to nation building, he pointed out.
“Our nation is in need of people who stand for human values, those who believe in trust-worthiness, integrity, honesty and hard work.
“We need to have those values and emphasise them because these are values that build nation’s around the world.
“Our nation needs more of visionary men and women that are ready to put the nation ahead of them”, the acting President noted.
He explained that to move Nigeria where everyone will be proud of, citizens must stand for these values which are necessary for progress.
“Ambassador Wali was well ahead of his time; you can see this with his desire to teach his wife how to drive in those days”, the Acting President added.