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Nigeria Leadership Initiative holds inaugural webinar series October 3

Olusegun Aganga

Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI), an international, non-partisan organization registered as a charity in Nigeria and in the United Kingdom, has announced that it will hold its inaugural webinar series on Saturday, October 3, 2020

According to a press statement signed by Bashir Ibrahim Yusuf, chairman, Organizing Committee of NLI, and Olusegun O. Aganga, founder, a significant objective of the webinar, themed ‘Rebuilding Our National Values System’, is to galvanize and energize citizens and policymakers, at all levels, to take a collective action regarding the development of a national values system.

This will culminate into the proposition of a Bill to the National Assembly, policy formulation, and the development of an implementation plan that is also linked to the system for reward and national honours, the statement said.

“There is a growing consensus that our National Values System has broken down and that this has become a threat to values leadership and our national development,” NLI said.

“History has shown that the most successful companies and countries in the world are built on a set of core values. These become the foundation on which the nation is built.

“We cannot achieve sustainable economic growth and development unless we build on a solid foundation and develop community-spirited Nigerians who live these values. It is an investment in our greatest asset – Our People,” NLI said in the statement.

The statement said the webinar would, among others, “reference our history, enunciate and understand the values we had as Nigerians (during a nostalgic period commonly referred to as our “golden era”), examine our current situation (by identifying when our values system derailed, allowing us to understand how and why we got here), and discuss key steps required to rebuild the national values system”.

Nigeria’s former military head of state, Yakubu Gowon, would be the special guest of honour, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo would deliver the keynote address, while Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Christopher Kolade, NLI patron, Olusegun O. Aganga, Wale Adebanwi, Joe Abah, Ibukun Awosika, John Momoh, Bashir Yusuf Ibrahim, and Tunji Olaopa have been invited as speakers and panellists.

NLI’s members are highly accomplished Nigerians living at home and in the Diaspora, comprising leaders (Senior Fellows/Fellows) and emerging leaders (Associates), committed to playing a significant role in helping to transform the country, promoting an understanding and appreciation of its foundational values, while also highlighting the importance of values-based leadership and followership.

So far, NLI has about 400 highly accomplished members in its network, including former and serving members of the Federal Executive Council, CEOs of MDAs and private corporations, in and outside Nigeria.

The statement asked members of the public who wish to participate in the webinar to send an email to [email protected].