Maiden edition: Thursday, October 5, 2023
Topic: Traditional Institutions, Public Relations, and Good Governance in Contemporary Nigeria.
Lecturer: Right Reverend Felix Femi Ajakaye, Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese.
‘Evil triumphs when good people remain silent in the midst of moral crisis.’ With the words of Edmund Burke, an Irish Statesman, economist and philosopher, I greet all of you, eminent people, who have come from far and near to participate at this Presentation. To God be ALL the glory for our gathering here today, 5 October, 2023, at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, formerly Anambra State University, Igbariam Campus, in honour of our cherished and revered current Obi of Onitsha. I wish to register my deep appreciation for the invitation extended to me by the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) in collaboration with the same University as Guest Lecturer to give the maiden edition of Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe’s Lecture Series. I consider this a great honour, not because the invitation found me after crossing the many rivers of Eastern States and manoeuvreing the hills of Ekitiland to the city of Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, where I reside as Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ekiti, or that after some sifting processes adopted by the organizers, I was found worthy.
If you will kindly excuse my modesty, I am sure there are individuals that are more versed, more cognitively astute in matters such as we are about to explore, not to mention the sizable number of worthy eminent sons and daughters of the land, within and outside Anambra State, who stand so very tall and ready. Really, I am very humbled to stand before all of you here today to share my thoughts, my ideas, with you. My Presentation here is to challenge all of us and to move us to positive and concrete action. Let us hope that our discussion and sharing here today will help us to go above what we were when we came here for this Presentation and when we are returning to our respective destinations. In this light, my aim is for us to become better and stronger, to be optimistic, and to resolve to be Positive Change Team (PST). Yes, the Beyond Ideas Group (BIG). Please, I would like to be using the terms, Lecture and Presentation, interchangeably.
Significance of the Lecture
The significance of the Lecture, as we underscore equivocally its relevance in the dignitary in whose royal honour we gather, derives essentially from the singular history that births the collaborative initiative of the organizers; the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and…………….
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