Elders in Ekiti have issued a compelling plea to President Bola Tinubu and other Nigerian leaders, urging them to proactively address social inequality by implementing measures to reduce the growing disparity between the affluent and the impoverished. Speaking during the council’s Celebration of Octogenarians and 4th Induction into the Bluecap Category 2023 in Ado Ekiti, the President of the Ekiti Council of Elders, Prof. Joseph Oluwasanmi, emphasized the importance of prioritizing programs aimed at eradicating poverty and enhancing citizens’ social standing.
The event, which marked the induction of notable figures into the elders’ Bluecap Category (Octogenarians Club), included former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Chief Paul Alabi; business mogul, Chief Julius Ajayi; engineer, Sir Gabriel Ayo-Ojo; technocrat, Chief Sola Olagbemi; educationist, Chief Samuel Ojo; ex-civil servant, Prince Micheal Fabunmi; laboratory scientist, Mrs. Ibiyinka Ojo; socialite, Mrs. Grace Ajakaye; and community leader, Chief Adedara Ogunseyin. The Chief Imam of Ekiti State, Dr. Jamiu Kewulere, also received a fellowship award.
At 91 years old, Professor Oluwasanmi, a plastic surgery expert, stressed the significance of leaders leaving lasting legacies through policies that prioritize the welfare of the masses. He urged President Tinubu, Governor Biodun Oyebanji, and other governors to focus on initiatives that better humanity and create positive, lasting impacts.
“The leaders should look at ways of bridging the gap so that everybody can be almost on the same level,” Oluwasanmi stated. He challenged leaders to consider the consequences of wealth accumulation when citizens are grappling with poverty, emphasizing the importance of leaders positively impacting the lives of the people.
The nonagenarian highlighted the role of hard work and exercise in leading fulfilling lives, dispelling notions of idleness. “If you have a jet and your brother or neighbor cannot have a daily meal, what is the essence of having the jet? We should let our lives and substance impact others positively,” he asserted.
The event included the naming of the Wellness Centre of the Elders Resort Centre after Prof. Oluwasanmi in recognition of his contributions. Additionally, the center’s hall was named after the late Mrs. Dorcas Fayemi, mother of former Governor Kayode Fayemi.