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Tony O. Elumelu, C.F.R, Chairman at Heirs Holdings, Addresses the Nigerian Bar Association on Nation Building

 

Renowned business magnate and Chairman of Heirs Holdings, Tony O. Elumelu, C.F.R, delivered a compelling keynote address at the 2023 Nigerian Bar Association’s Annual Conference. The conference, held under the theme “Getting it Right, Charting the Course for Nigeria’s Nation Building,” saw Mr. Elumelu share his insights and perspectives on the critical topic of national development.

Mr. Elumelu expressed his gratitude to Yakubu Maikyau (SAN), President of the Nigerian Bar Association, and its leadership for the esteemed opportunity to speak before the legal fraternity and distinguished delegates. He commended the selection of the theme, emphasizing the importance of unity and a shared vision in the pursuit of nation building.

In his address, Mr. Elumelu underscored the united ambition and collective duty to drive Nigeria’s progress. He acknowledged the diverse backgrounds, geographies, religions, and experiences present in the audience but highlighted the common aspiration shared by all – the advancement of the nation. Whether members of the legal community or esteemed leaders, he noted that everyone desires the best for Nigeria.

Recognizing Nigeria’s abundant potential and its vast human and natural resources, Mr. Elumelu celebrated the global achievements of Nigerians across various domains, from international leadership positions to technology, music, business, arts, media, film, and sports. He cited examples of prominent individuals who have risen to significant roles on the international stage, highlighting the country’s capacity for excellence and innovation.

Mr. Elumelu’s address also touched upon the role of the Nigerian private sector in showcasing the nation’s capabilities and ingenuity on a global scale. He spotlighted the achievements of Nigerian-origin global businesses, such as the UBA Group (United Bank for Africa), which operates as a deposit-taking bank in the USA and has expanded its reach to Dubai, Paris, London, and across 20 African countries.

However, Mr. Elumelu also addressed the challenges faced by Nigeria, including energy deficits, youth disillusionment, talent loss due to emigration, oil theft, pipeline destruction, climate change impact, insecurity, and social division. He emphasized that nation building is a critical endeavor that demands collective action and a renewed focus on preserving heritage, fostering unity, and addressing the nation’s pressing issues.

In concluding his address, Mr. Elumelu reiterated the urgency of nation building, describing it as a vital call to action and an essential task for securing a prosperous and united future for Nigeria.

The 2023 Nigerian Bar Association’s Annual Conference provided a platform for thought-provoking discussions on the nation’s trajectory and the imperative of effective nation building. Tony O. Elumelu’s keynote address offered valuable insights and perspectives to guide Nigeria’s journey toward a brighter and more inclusive future.

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