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The National Think Tank Project




The National Think-Tank, NTT, has received, with
sadness, the news of the passing on of Alhaji Shehu Aliyu Shagari, a former
President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, between October 1979 and December

In a release signed by Prof. Steve Azaiki, CON, and Mr
Dele Agekameh, the National Coordinator and National Director, Media and Public
Affairs respectively, the organisation mourns the demise of the father of
Alhaji Ibrahim Shagari, one of the members of the governing board of the
organisation and father of the nation.

The organisation said it mourns “a father who, in
words and deeds, stands out as our nation’s conscience. It describes the late
president as “a man who treated everybody that comes into contact with him as
his children”.

The NTT said his entire life was a journey in humility
as he treated people with utmost respect and love. The organisation also
observed that the former president was great in everything, and he was one of
the most decorated Nigerians, in terms of ministerial appointments. The
organisation remarked that “Allah gave the late president everything – power,
position, authority, children and friends – except money”.

It also stated, in the joint statement, that “unlike the
leaders of today, the former president never believed in accumulating wealth;
he never even bothered to own a bank account, a car or a house”. The former
president was compared to Job in the Bible, as “he lost so much, yet always
accepted Allah’s will in his life, even when his children died”.

The NTT noted that, as a highly religious man, the
late Shagari had an open mind, and was very accommodating, detribalised,
friendly and humane. He loved all and hated no one. The NTT expressed that no
wonder Allah, his creator, gave him such a long life until his demise last
Friday at the ripe age of 93.

The NTT advised that, as the nation mourns the exit of
this colossus of a man, his life and times should guide Nigerian leaders to
live exceptional lives and bequeath to generations yet unborn the virtues of
honesty, humility and love for their fellow beings. It also suggested that a
national monument, such as the Sokoto Airport, be named after the departed
former president.

As the 2019 general elections approach, the NTT urged
politicians to tread softly and realise that there is no other country they can
call their own other than Nigeria, noting also that Nigerians must put the
country first above all interests.


Prof. Steve Azaiki, CON
National Co-ordinator

Dele Agekameh
National Director, Media and Public Affairs

The Nation Mourns!!

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? (Bible).

On behalf of my family and the National Think Tank, we express our grief and shock over the sad news of the ghastly motor accident that claimed the lives of our shining and glorious women of Bayelsa State by 6.18pm along the Ahoada/Elele section of the East/West road in Rivers State on Saturday February 14, 2015.

The words of John Donne (1572 – 1631) reminds me of this great loss, “Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. These beautiful souls so departed from us will remain evergreen in my memory, for I have come to know each of them personally. As Commissioner and later Secretary to Government of Bayelsa State, these women stood by me, and did help me to succeed in my day- to – day activities; active, inspiring, courageous, adventuress, political, beautiful, hardworking, never complaining. Helen Keller (1880 – 1968) American writer summed it up perfectly, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing”.

Our women are not dead, their soul, their work, their memories liveth. ‘Life is real! Life is earnest! And the grave is not its goal; Dust thou art, to dust returneth, was not spoken of the soul. Henry WadsWorth Longfellow” (1807 – 82).

I agree with Georg Christoph Lichtenberg when he said, “I am always grieved when a man of real talent dies. The world needs such men more than heaven does”. Again, i remember the words of Thomas Babington Macaulay that said, “There are not many people in the world whose deaths would spoil my dinner, but there are one or two of whose deaths would break my heart”. My heart is indeed broken by the deaths of these jewels of inestimable value. Mrs. Pere Kalama, Mrs. Clara Abila, Lady Zimbra Goma, Mrs. Ruby Benjamin, Mrs. Consider Amadi, Mrs. Immaculate Amaseimogha, Mrs. Elizabeth Oguru (wife of my friend and the Secretary to Government of Bayelsa State and others) that died, believed that “generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.

We mourn our mothers, our sisters, our wives, our friends yet our resolve must be to submit to the Will of the Almighty God. When men stop believing in God they don’t believe in nothing; they believe in anything. The English essayist, Sydney Smith (1771 – 1845) said “Death must be distinguished from dying, with which it is often confused”. Non Omnis Moriar I shall not altogether die”. (Horace 65 – 8BC).

To the families and friends of our heroic and exemplary women of character and service and womanhood, and courage and love, i ask you to cry, to talk about your pain. But let God be your comforter, your rock and your Almighty – the Healer.

These women will live. I know that none dare challenge me when I say: I do know for a fact that these women “are” Bayelsa Greats!

For those of us alive, let me remind us of what Cotton Mather said about our beloved women when they were dying. “Is this dying? Is this all? Is this what I feared when I prayed against a hard death? Oh, I can bear this, I can bear it!

Prof. Steve Azaiki. OON. Is the coordinator of the National Think Tank, Nigeria.

Nigeria Mourns!

Nigeria Mourns!

I wish to commensurate with the families who lost their loved children at Government Science Secondary school, Potiskum, Yobe State on Monday 10th December, 2014.

The School Principal Mr Buba Sanda Mustapha said the suicide bomber struck at exactly 7.45 am when the pupils were waiting on the assembly ground .

Those who kill must know that life belongs to God and will definitely pay for it.

The National Thinktank urges the government to declare full scale emergency rule in all the states of the North East.

By the death of the 35 pupils Nigeria has lost a generation of it’s leaders. This baseless, senseless and unprovoked war must stop.

Professor Steve Azaiki
National Coordinator, National Thinktank