Yesterday, Mr. Boris Johnson, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, stated that Nigeria can realize its potential through credible elections, equality before the law, education, and a reliable transportation system.
He also urged Nigeria and the UK to strengthen their partnership, pointing out that the two countries have some similarities.
The 16th Anyiam-Osigwe Lecture Series featured a speech by the former UK Prime Minister titled ” Human Experience Reimagined: A Review of the Treaties of Anyiam-Osigwe.
The Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe Foundation and the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs collaborated to organize the event, which took place at the Marriot Hotel in Ikeja, Lagos.
The event’s guest speaker, Johnson, lamented Nigeria’s massive human resource waste in spite of its enormous potential.
He featured uniformity under the law as the establishment that ensures human potential, similarly as he encouraged state run administrations, at all levels, to guarantee implementation of the law without dread or favor.
He additionally approached lawmakers to permit individuals to uninhibitedly choose those that will oversee them, similarly as he pestered a powerful vehicle framework.
His words are: Nigeria has over 200 million people, and that number is still rising. The UK has about 66 million people. How many of our people have fulfilled their potential to the fullest? “What we are seeing in both our countries is a colossal waste of human potential, and all my years as Mayor of London or British Prime Minister, it has been ways to unleash the talents. The job of politicians is to create opportunities for people to reach their potential because that is not only the right thing to do morally but also the right thing to do for the economy.
A country’s security is the first and most crucial factor in its success. Because equality before the law is the cornerstone of freedom, it must be maintained.
“While I am aware of some of the issues that exist in this region of the country, I am also aware that these criminals and terrorists must and will be defeated, and that law and order will ultimately prevail. I likewise believe you should realize that the UK stands ever-prepared to help.
“I am proud to say that London is one of the safest cities in the world, and the United Kingdom has had its share of problems with terrorists in the past.
The most important thing is that no matter who you are, you will be subjected to the same scrutiny and protection in the UK. It is a safeguard for economic expansion.
“The right to choose who governs you and to remove them from office is the next freedom. Democracy is precious and constantly under attack, and it is called democracy.
Why did Vladimir Putin launch his evil strike against Ukraine? This is due to the fact that he could see that the Ukrainians were taking a different route. They were using a different democratic system than the Russian people, and he was allowed to use it. Moreover, I believe that the Ukrainians will prevail. Also, why did Putin underestimate the people of Ukraine?
“It is because he surrounds himself with sycophants and does not follow a democratic system. He lacked democratic mechanisms for oversight.
The third and most important requirement for unleashing human potential is an open society.
Anyaoku urged politicians to ensure that people are the foundation of their policies in his remarks as the event’s chairman and former Secretary General of the Commonwealth.
Anyaoku said: ” In the modern world, where there are numerous internal and external conflicts and what appear to be the reemergence of cold war inequality; a world in which people in Africa, Asia, and other regions continue to live in extreme poverty and lack of life support systems; a world where climate change poses a catastrophic threat to humanity.
“I believe that the consideration of the comprehensive welfare of the people should be the bedrock of policies and actions by politicians across the world if we are to effectively pursue the theme of this 16th session of the Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe Foundation Lecture series, which is Rehumanizing human experience.”
Let’s stop celebrating the bad things—Sanwo-Olu Also speaking, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, accompanied by Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, his deputy, urged Nigerians not to celebrate the bad things that affect the country.
Sanwo-Olu stated, The issue is one that needs to be debated, especially in a world that is impacted by inequality, terrorism, pandemics, and rising geopolitical tension. The topic is very timely, especially for us in this country.
“The clarion call to rehumanize the human experience must be answered collectively by and for all of humanity. This all-encompassing approach to humanity is central to all of Anyiam-Osigwe’s philosophical writings and thinking, and it has evolved into a pressing need and challenge for the world today.
“From our experience here in Lagos, I can say that taking on unprecedented challenges necessitates opening one’s mind to a new level of thinking based on the integration of noble political inspirations. That is the only viable path forward for humanity and the only means of ensuring our collective future.
“It is also essential for us as a people to stop dehumanizing ourselves. If we only focus on the negative aspects of our lives and ignore the positive things we’ve accomplished, we won’t get anywhere.
Mr. Charles Anyiam-Osigwe stated in his opening remarks that rehumanization continues to be the foundation of sustainable development.
He stated, ” Man has lost touch with the characteristics and definitions that make him a human being, which is why there is poverty and social disequilibrium in the world today. The human person loses the insight that comes with his intuitive prowess beyond the mundane when his mental identity is disconnected from his esoteric being.
“The human person needs to be rehumanized to save the world from infinite regression and the consequence of moral death and destruction, in the view of Anyiam-Osigwe, plagued by all forms of distortion in all aspects of human indulgence, locked in a sea of yawning economic poverty and inequality, fundamentally subjected to eroding of the moral content at the level of the individual and community, and contaminated by a highly diminished spiritual capital.
“The question of poverty and development is all-pervasive for Anyiam-Osigwe, whether in the so-called developed or underdeveloped countries. He believes that while economic poverty is more likely, moral poverty or impropriety is the most damaging social phenomenon. He argues that the moral scale is perverted at the beginning of economic poverty, and that the world is on the verge of infinite regression unless the octave of dysfunctionality is rearranged.