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THE ROLE MODELS SERIES …….. NIGERIANS WITH INTIMIDATING CREDENTIALS — PROF. IBRAHIM AGBOOLA GAMBARI, CFR

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“Emotions have no place in diplomacy. ”It is the stuff of the cunning and the amoral and even the intensely intellectual. The timid don’t get involved in diplomacy. ‘When they do, their countries suffer”. – Late Dele Giwa A raison d’être for running this column is to promote the feelings of empathy in the younger generation of Nigerians who very much wish to succeed in their various professions and vocations. There is probably nobody who has passed through this world who never had someone as a role model; or at least an individual whose acts and ways of like appeal to the one coming behind. A role model is described by the Cambridge dictionary as ‘’a person who someone admires and whose behaviour they try to copy’’ Those who move societies, occupy places in history. It is for this reason that the world remembers till today the salient contributions of figures like Lee Kwan Yew, Winston Churchill, Surhato, Pandhit Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Obafemi Awolowo, Ahmadu Bello, Kwame Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere and several other notable people, that have contributed significantly to efforts at shaping the future of their nations. THEY RECORDED SUCCESSES RELATIVELY EARLY IN LIFE: The 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln is still remembered today as a great leader who did a lot to end slavery. Highly regarded British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill is on record as stating that: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.’’ Helmuth Johannes Ludwig Graf von Moltke, also known as Moltke the Younger, a German General of distinction and his group, moved Germany to a level, upon which Adolf Hitler constructed; Napoleon Bonaparte, Charles de Gaulle, and others, paid the price for France; Elizabeth 1, Oliver Cromwell and their group, paid dearly for England. The list is endless. It also includes George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Martin Luther King, who paid the price for the development of the United States. Lew Kuan Yew of Singapore became his country’s prime minister at the prime age of 35 years when Singapore was a hopeless case. It had no mineral resources at independence and no potable water. MONUMENTAL FEAT: The water consumed by its population of three million people was, and, is still imported from neighbouring Malaysia. Yet, Singapore has been transformed into a First World economy within four decades,…

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