The Governor of Ondo State, His Excellency Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu has stressed the need for people to exhibit honesty and hardwork in any position they may be, in order to reap good reward in future.
Governor Akeredolu made the statement while speaking through the Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Ifedayo Abegunde at the launch and public presentation of the autobiography of a retired Nigerian Ambassador, His Excellency, Asiwaju Oladele Akadiri, held on Saturday January 13, 2018 at the Federal University of Technology, Akure ( FUTA), Akure, Ondo State capital.
The book titled “The Story of my Life” was published by Adeyemi College of Education Academic Press.
While extolling the virtues of the one-time Nigeria’s ambassador to Mauritania and holder of the national honour of the Order of Niger (OON), Gov. Akeredolu described him as an embodiment of humility, honesty and an illustrious son of Ondo State which the state is proud of.
He congratulated the nonagenarian for the celebration of his 89th birthday and the launch of his autobiography noting that the book was a compendium of knowledge that bore testimony to his (Asiwaju Akadiri's) literary prowess and ingenuity.
While harping on the need for people to exhibit good character on earth, the Governor said it is very important to do so, in order to leave good legacy behind for future generations.
Governor Akeredolu advised people to emulate the celebrant Ambassador Akadiri, "whose contributions to foreign service and community development would remain indelible in the minds of people for a very long time".
He said: "His Excellency Ambassador Oladele Akadiri is an illustrious son and pride to Ondo State. Today is a remarkable and memorable day because the celebrant is an icon, who had successful diplomatic career and known for exhibiting excellence.”
He also prayed that God would grant him grace .to make more positive impact on lives of peoples.
The public presentation organized by Adeyemi College of Education Academic Press was also used to present another book written by Ambassardor Akadiri titled “Diplomacy, World Peace and Security.
Also in his remarks, the Chairman of the occasion, His Royal Majesty, the Alani of Ido-Ani, Oba Dr. Olufemi Olutoye, described Asiwaju Oladele Akadiri as a man of action, diplomat per excellence, prolific writer who understands Nigeria's social, economic and political terrains.
The royal father said: "Asiwaju Oladele Akadiri is a very honest person. He is honest to a fault and this why I have kept to him up till today. He hates corruption and possesses sterling leadership qualities that mark him out from his peers. I congratulate him for attaining the age of 89 and pray to God to grant him more years on earth."
Extolling the virtues of the former Nigerian envoy, the President of Akoko Consultative Forum, Mr Olu Ayanleke described him as a role model and frontline community leader, who made valuable contributions to the advancement of education in Ipesi Akoko his country home.
Also in his tribute, Prof. Ayo Bamgbose, a former class mate of Pa. Akadiri and the one-time Chairman Governing Council, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, described him as thorough bred diplomat, reliable ally and highly knowledgeable person.
Speaking while reviewing the autobiography, Barrister Ajose Kudehinbu, immediate past Ondo State Head of Service ( HOS), described the book as educative, informative, entertaining and repository of knowledge and recommended it for people.
The book reviewer commended the writer and congratulated him for the celebration of his 89th years birthday and prayed that God would grant him more prosperous years on earth.
Later in his remarks, the celebrant of the occasion, Asiwaju Oladele Akadiri explained that his decision to write his autobiography was aimed at capturing details of his life from childhood till adulthood including experience gathered while working as diplomat in several countries as representative of his fatherland.
On peoples perception of what diplomatic service entails, the retired Nigerian diplomat said: "Generally, public opinion everywhere regards diplomatic service as an elitist occupation, characterised by winning and dining, interminable cocktail parties and rubbing shoulders with Royalty, Presidents and Emperors.
" As an accurate account in " The Story of My Life', will show clearly, however, there is another side to the realities of diplomatic life such as solving the numberless human problems of Nigerian nationals in Diaspora which could sometimes assume bizarre and even dangerous proportions'.
He expressed appreciation to all the dignitaries who attended the event including Oba Olufemi Olutoye, Secretary to the Government of Ondo State, Hon. Ifedayo Abegunde, Chieftain of Afenifere, the Pan-Yoruba Socio/cultural organisation, Basorun Seinde Arogbofa among others.
Speaking while launching the book, the Provost of Adeyemi College of Education Ondo, Prof. Joseph Olukoya Ogen said: "I feel very proud to be part of this occasion, we are happy that you decided to partner with us, because we are known for academic excellence.
"We also believe that your decision to choose our College is because you have strong believe in our academic excellence and integrity.'
The Provost while wishing the nonagenarian happy 89th birthday, announced the purchase of 40 copies of the books on behalf of his College. He also bought copies of the two books for his personal use.
Similarly, several other personalities which include the Secretary to the government of Ondo state, Hon Ifedayo Abegunde, retired Justice of the Nigerian Supreme Court, His Lordship, Justice S.A Akintan, literary Icon and chieftain of Afenifere, Pan Yoruba Socio\ Cultural association, Basorun Seinde Arogbofa ( OFR), President Akoko Consultative Forum , Mr. Olu Ayanleke as well as the Vice- Chancellor Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun to mention also bought some copies of the book.
Eminent personalities who graced the occasion include the Deputy Provost, ACE, Ondo, Dr. Samuel Akintunde; Retired Ambassadors G.A Falase and Tayo Ogunsulire; Bishop M.O Owadayo; Chief S.M Ayeni, members from Ipesi Akoko traditional institution, students from Adeyemi College Demonstration Secondary School Ondo as well as their counterpart from the Model School, Akure.
Also present were principal officers of Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko, staff of Adeyemi College including members from the Music Department and Information and Public Relations unit among others.