Mr. Ribadu describes Mr. Mandela as a man of ideas who had the opportunity to practice his ideas, an opportunity, he said he used very well.
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nuhu Ribadu, has said that the present crop of Nigerian leaders and those to come in the future stand to learn from “practical lesson in purposeful leadership” exemplified by late South African president, Nelson Mandela.
According to Mr. Ribadu, the late global icon has shown the world that one can be great and revered without being iron-fisted, wealthy or holding on to power for ages.
“In Mandela we saw that humility, compassion and sense of justice are another means of attaining prominence. One does not have to be ruthless and high-handed to be regarded as a leader,” he said, citing the huge turnout at the national memorial service for Mandela held Tuesday in South Africa as a mark of his worth.
The former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was speaking to reporters on Thursday during a memorial service for the late anti-apartheid icon organised by the South African High Commission in Abuja.
“We are here to celebrate the life of the modern day patriarch of Africa, a global citizen and a worthy ambassador of humanity” Mr. Ribadu said, adding that the former South African leader “lives on because his legacies, his exemplary conduct live with us”.
The 2011 presidential candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) further charged that “we should not pass this threshold without critical reflection. What have we taken out of that beautiful life, spent in selfless pursuit for freedom and human dignity?
“African leaders are often profiled as prone to sitting tight to power, corrupt, clueless and parochial. Yet, from this clime emerged Mandela who taught the world lessons in walking the talk,” he said.
Mr. Ribadu stated that Mr. Mandela was a man of ideas who had the opportunity to practice his ideas, an opportunity, he said, Mandela used very well.
“But as we celebrate Madiba, it is pertinent to state that the finest tribute we can pay to him is to emulate his exemplary life both as a person and as a public figure. The great Madiba was a practical lesson in purposeful leadership, in magnanimity and service to the people. This is what Africa needs today, more than ever before.”