By Felix Khanoba
It was a gathering of political and business heavyweights on Thursday in Abuja during Chief Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi’s 70th birthday lecture and book presentation.
The book – Handkerchief, chronicles the life story of Dokpesi from his childhood to his various academic, political and business exploits.
Speaking at the event, which attracted dignitaries from far and near, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, said Nigeria needs a better leader that would unite the country and usher in the desired economic development.
On the 2023 presidential election, the Adamawa State-born politician posited that candidate with passion to bring about economy development as well as restructuring should be considered for the position.
According to him: “Nigeria needs a leadership that can unify the country, bring stability, restructure the country, reform the economy and bring about cohesion to the nation,” even as he expressed his readiness to serve the country.
Atiku commended Dokpesi for his contribution to the development of democracy in the country.
On his part, Dokpesi, who is the chairman emeritus of DAAR Communications, owners of AIT and Raypower, called on Nigerian youths not to give up on the country.
He said : “My wish is that Nigeria grows, more prosperous, that the country remains more united, that the youths of this country remains united to defend democracy and unite to make it a better place that is flowing with milk and honey as one united family.”
The event which had its theme as ‘Technology : A Missing Link in Nigeria’ s Development’, saw to presentation of a paper on ‘Inadequate Technology Infrastructure, the Bane of Our Problems’, by Chairman of MTN Nigeria, Ernest Ndukwe.
The event also witnessed a panel discussion where panelists suggested various ways Nigeria can leverage on technology to bring about the desired development.
The AUTHORITY reports that the event was attended by Atiku, former Anambra State governor, Peter Obi, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, Senator Ben Obi, Senator Shehu Sani and Senator Victor Oyofo.
The list also includes Senator Abubakar Ningi, Barrister Mike Ozekhomhe, Senator Yisa Braimoh, MTN Nigeria chairman; Ernest Ndukwe, Ex-National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) boss, Danladi Bako, Hon Tunde Akogun, Pat Utomi, among others.