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Nigeria: Soyinka, Sambo Eulogise Awolowo's Virtues

The Vice-President, Namadi Sambo, has asserted that politicians in the country today should attempt to emulate the political virtues of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, because of his exemplary life and immense contributions to Nigeria's development.

Making the assertion Wednesday at the presentation of the maiden edition of Obafemi Awolowo Prize for Leadership to Nigerian Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka by the Obafemi Awolowo Foundation, Sambo described Awolowo as a great nationalist that worked tirelessly in ensuring that Nigeria attained her independence.

He noted that throughout his life, Awolowo was a formidable icon that can never be ignored "both locally and internationally among the commitee of leaders".

The vice-president said the basis for which Awolowo would always be recognised by his followers was due to the "courageous, credible, visionary and dynamic leadership he provided."

According to him, the uncommon leadership traits of Awolowo is also encompassed in President Goodluck Jonathan's transformation agenda through which he said the president tells Nigerians to live a life of service.

Sambo said the choice of Soyinka as the first recipient of the award was a wise choice.

He underscored the similarities in Awolowo and Soyinka, noting that Soyinka, like Awolowo, loves Nigeria and has contributed to national development as well.

The event, which coincided with Awolowo's birthday attracted notable Nigerians; former President Yakubu Gowon, former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, former Commonwealth Secretary, Emeka Anyaoku who was the chairman of the selection committee, Awolowo's children and other prominent leaders across the country.

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