Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said Nigerians do not appreciate their best until outsiders take the lead in identifying such people for honour and celebration.
The former president pointed out that treasures abound in the country and urged Nigerians to put them to good use to foster unity, growth and development of Nigeria.
Mr. Obasanjo spoke yesterday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, at a luncheon organised by his family in honour of the Anglican Archbishop of Kaduna, Rev. Josiah Idowu-Fearon, who has just been appointed secretary-general of the World Anglican Communion.
The luncheon took place at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL).
Obasanjo said: “One of the things we don’t often do well in Nigeria is that we don’t often see good in ourselves; and one of the things that God does fairly well for us is that He makes others to see the good in us.
“I believe that is what has happened in the life of the man whom we are celebrating and honouring today. I believe that Bishop Idowu-Fearon, who is now the Secretary-General for the Global Anglican Communion falls into this category”.
In his remarks, the cleric described Obasanjo as a non-tribal and non-sectional Nigerian and leader, who has an undying passion to unite the country.
He said his relationship with the former leader has shown that he “is a Nigerian that takes everyone together irrespective of religion, tribe or anything”.
The luncheon was attended by the Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Gbadebo Aremu Adedotun, the Onibara of Ibara, Oba Timothy Omolade, Ogun Deputy Governor Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga, Archbishop of Abuja Diocese of the Catholic Church, Cardinal John Onaiyekan and publisher of the Leadership newspaper, Sam Nda-Isaiah.