Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation Launched In London As Ex-Leader sets a workable Future-Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has released a blueprint for viable coming generation , focusing on five major areas of empowerment and mental liberation.
According to him, the future generations as the continual link in holding the future of our world needed some impetus for enablement so the a fruitful generation would be assured.
The former leader declared during the launching of his newly world recognized Humanitarian establishment, Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation.
Accoding to the former leader, the foundation will focus on five major areas of human empowerment, namely; Girl- child education, youth unemployment, preventing non- communicable diseases, food and human security.
According to Chief Obasanjo, a highly respected Egba Chief in Ogun State of Nigeria, he has determined to give back to the society as he is set to ameliorate many biting problems facing African countries.
The former President has launched the international charity organisation in London known on Friday attracting many frontline dignitaries from across the World.
Among the dignitaries are Nigeria leader, President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr.Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia John Dramani Mahama of Ghana, President Thomas Yayi Boyi of Benin and Africa’s richest tycoon Aliko Dangote.
Delivering a keynote address during a World Press Conference as he launched the Foundation at the Grosvenor Hotel in Central London, President Obasanjo stated his mission and objectives for the establishment of the foundation
According to him,his personal conviction and personal experiences in life strongly motivated him to establish the foundation as a way of giving back to the society.
“If you educate a girl child,you’re educating a whole family and indeed a nation.
He warned that Girl-child education discrimination due to cultural, religious and poverty excuses are not good for nation-building adding that women produce more than 50 per cent of food consumed in many parts of the World and yet they are prevented from certain rights, such as inheriting lands, which are enforced in some cultures in many countries.
He regretted that women are even denied access to bank credits and loans, warning that such marginalisation and discrimination of such economically viable hands must stop.
On health aspect.
Speaking further of his plan for health development, Obasanjo said: “Health is a huge area of life. As we all know health is wealth and health is also part of our daily living. From my research, we have over 38 million blind people in the world. But sadly, 90 per cent of them can still get their sight back through availability of proper resources by nations”
Obasanjo linked part of the solution to such blindness as access to good diet, regular exercises and constant medical checks in well equipped Hospital.
According to Obasanjo, many people have misconception that high blood pressure, diabetes, hyper tension and others are diseases are peculiar to rich people alone. He said it is not true as many poor are also victims of the scourge of these ailments, claiming that poor people are also dying from these unpreventable diseases
The former Nigeria President who addressed the conference in conjunction with the Chairperson of the Foundation, Ms. Anne Welsh and Mr. Richard Attias, a consultant with Romain Grandjean and also part of the Bill Clinton Initiative in America declared that government of various countries in Africa are doing their possible best to reduce the afore mentioned issues, but further insisted that more still needed to be done.
“I am not saying that government or private sectors, other foundations and charity organisations are not doing enough. In spite of all what they are doing, there is still a big gap that must be filled. Human security is not the responsibility of one organisation or government alone. It is a responsibility of everybody to be self and security-conscious.
He claimed he had in the past established similar Foundations on African Leadership Forum in his efforts to train many young Africans in the areas of good governance, entrepreneurship, management, community development and empowerment. He said he also established Olusegun Obasanjo library in Abeokuta to inspire new generation of Nigerians that would embrace education and preservation of our culture.
The occasion had attracted more than 2,000 guests across the globe, many of them Head of States from different countries in Africa.
The roll call
Among other dignitaries from Nigeria, including Alhaji Aliko Dangote,Mr Femi Otedola,Chief Jim Ovia, former Cross River state governor, Donald Duke, former Oyo state governor,Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, first lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan, Chief Sonny Odogwu, Bayelsa State Governor, Mr.Dickson Seriake,Edo state governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomole, Nigeria High Commissioner to the UK, Dr.Dalharu Tafida, Deputy High Commissioner to the UK,Ambassador Oluwatoyin Lawal, Dr.Reuben Abati, Mr.Oronto Douglas, Mr.Peter MandelsonBritish MP, Mrs.Oby Ezekwesili, former CBN boss,Charles Soludo, Mr.Bimbo Afolayan, president CANUK, Mr.Femi Okutubo,publisher/CEO Trumpet Media Group UK,Mr.Mike Abiola,Publisher/CEO, African Voice magazine UK, Mr. Ken Wiwa Jnr, Mr.Richard Taylor of Damilola Foundation London, Otunba Fashawe, top diplomats from various countries and many more.
The Foundation, which will spread its tentacles across various countries in Africa and other continents, is expected to kick-start its programmes in Malawi or Mali very soon.
Foundation Chairperson Expresses Gratitude
Ms.Anne Welsh who is the Chairperson of the foundation expressed gratitude for being appointed to head the new charity organisation and promised to do her best to see to the success of the whole project.
“I was born in Kaduna northern Nigeria as a sickle-cell anaemia child.I have experienced many health issues in the past.We are ready to work with like minds with progressive ideas to move Olusegun Obasanjo foundation forward.We need your support to excel with all our set-out objectives.” Anne Welsh stated.
The occasion attracted photo sessions