A Unionist, Comrade Issa Aremu has tasked Nigerians to pick their future leaders based on their level of patriotism and antecedents.
Comrade Aremu who is a former governorship candidate of the Labour Party in this year’s general elections, said this on Sunday at the Twenty years memorial lecture in commemoration of the twentieth of the painful exit of late Major General Tunde Idiagbon organized by The Zealous Kwara Youths, held at Mustapha Akanbi African Peoples Hall, Ilorin.
Speaking on the theme of the Programme “Patriotism and selfless services, key ingredients towards nation building-A case study of Late Major General Tunde Idiagbon,” the Labour leader, described patriotism, integrity and faithfulness as among the sterling qualities, Nigerians must look after in choosing their leaders.
According to him: “The crops of present Nigerian leaders are emergency ones who are not prepared for the mantle of leadership, adding that faithfulness and loyalty are not in the virtues of the present leaders.
Comrade Aremu described late General Tunde Idiagbon as a patriotic Nigerian that was loyal and faithful to the service of the nation, pointing out that the late General was the epitome of true reflection of dignity of labour
Comrade Issa Aremu however suggested that Nigerians should henceforth be celebrating their heroes or leaders when they were alive and not when they are dead.
Also in a lecture, Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo represented by Mr. Tunde Muhammed, also extolled the virtues of the late Babatunde Idiagbon, stressing the need to immortalize him.
In a remark, a Former Chairman Kwara State Teaching Service Commission chairperson, Hajia Raliat Sanni, said the late Idiagbon was a pride of the Ilorin Emirate.
Hajia Sanni noted that the late Idiagbon and General Muhammadu Buhari started the War against indiscipline, wishing that he was alive to work with President Buhari to continue the war against indiscipline.
A former Military Administrator of Kebbi state, Brigadier General Saliu Tunde Bello also described late Babatunde Idiagbon as a true patriotic Nigerian that was committed to the services of the nation.