Coalition for A Better Nigeria Hails Ofo Ubulu Ihejiofo, Goodluck Obi
By Comrade Awa Bamiji
It looks so challenging, but it is a herculean task that must be performed by me amidst the tight schedule.
This period is a year of remembrance of our Comrade friends and the two foremost Rights Activists, Comrade Yinka Odumakin and Innocent Chukwuma, late Spokesman of Afenifere and Immediate past Country and West African Director of Ford Foundation and Founder, Cleen Foundation respectively. Both of them were your close friends too. As a megaphone for the Civil Societies’ Organiser of the joint and befitting burial ceremonies last year, time hardly permits me to divert my attention from continuous and adequate coordination of the cluster of our media Gurus for the purpose, at this moment, exactly midnight, when the mobilization has gotten to the peak but I repeat, we must give honour to whom honour is due.
It’s a time to say many happy returns to a key foundation founding member of this group and now, a royal father in Imo State, His Royal Highness, Eze Dr Ambassador Comrade Goodluck Obi,
OFO UBULU IHEJIOFO of Dim UBULU IHEJIOFO Ancient Kingdom, Oru West L.G.A., Imo State.
He was a former Student Unionist, University of Ibadan; former Chairman, Campaign for Democracy, Southwest Zone; a United Nations Youth Ambassador; Immediate past National Secretary, Campaign for Democracy; First Publicity Secretary and founding member of The National Conscience Party (NCP) formed in 1994 with the Late Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN; Former Chairman, Gani Fawehinmi Solidarity Association ( GFSA), Lagos State Chapter, who has travelled to so many countries all over the World more than any other Youth Activist today in Nigeria.
His professional qualifications are FOSHA.FNIIS.FIMC.CMC.FICJ. — Certificate on Feminism and Social Justice from University of California Santa Cruz on Coursera, United States of America.
— Certificate on the Science of Well – being from the University of YALE on Coursera, USA.
— Certificate on Operationalizing the Right to Development in Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (Interactive E-Learning Module) 2019. Awarded by University for PEACE, Costa Rica, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, (OHCHR) Geneva, Switzerland and the United Nations University’s International Institute for Global Health. (UNU- IIGH)
— Certificate on Mindful Education Summit 2019.
Awarded by the Awake Network St. Bouder, Colorado, USA.
— Certificate on COVID-19: Contact Tracing 2020.
Awarded by John Hopkins University and John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
He is also a Director of Nigeria Police Mortgage Bank (NPMB), Abuja, etc.
In addition to these coveted professional qualifications and many other laurels, the Rave of the moment HRM. EZE (DR.) AMB. Goodluck Obi has obtained the following advanced Certificates in some prestigious Universities across the World, including FOSHA. (UK) FICRPC. FNIIS. FICJ. FIMC. CMC. MARHP.(USA).
A detribalised Nigerian, raised in the East, schooled in the West and served in the North.
In 2009, during the inauguration of this Group in FESTAC by Who’s is Who in the Nigerian Political and Civil Society Circles, you remained unwavering before, during and after the event till today.
You are among those credible individuals in Nigeria who always give me the courage to often confront the Oppressors with my lionheart and come out in flying colour to the admiration of the voiceless. You made me, AWA, a household name in Nigeria and diaspora.
When you people are surprised about my chain of successes in the democratic struggles through precarious adventure, I always thank God and record it for you people collectively because nobody is an Island.
You all made me who I am today AWA or We in English. The name, that no single man can arrogate to himself.
Therefore, on behalf of the millions of Human Rights’ Activists in Nigeria and diaspora today, to mention but a few of them, Prof Wole Soyinka, Barrister Femi Falana, SAN, Barrister Festus Keyamo, SAN, Barrister Wahab Shittu, Barrister Femi Aborisade, Mrs Ganiat Fawehinmi, Comrade Kudirat Abiola – Costello, Mrs Ayo Obe, Senator Shehu Sani, Comrade Amitolu Shittu, Alhaji Waheed Lawal, Comrade Olawale Okunniyi, Comrade Femi Obayori, Comrade Shina Loremikan, Comrade Jubril Ogundimu, Iba Gani Adams, Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Comrade Moshood Erubami, Dr Balogun P.A, Dr Joe Okei – Odumakin, Ms Yemisi Ransome Kuti, Dayo Ogunlana, Comrades Segun Mayegun, Nike Ransome – Kuti, Comrade Rasaq Olokooba, Solomon Somade, Ayo Adewale, Valentine Buraimoh, Debo Adeniran, Segun Aka – Bashorun, Dr Cole Omojola, Ibrahim Musa, Dauda Alimi, Lanleyin Olasunkanmi, Pastor Banji Ajayi, Pastor Samson Olayiwola, Dapo Ola – Oni, Omoyele Sowore, Della Alfred Ilenre (USA), NADECO (USA), Dayo Olorunnisola (Canada), Wale Balogun, Alhaji Toyin Raheem, Bright Ezeocha of Igbo Youth Council, Alhaji Yerima Shettima of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, I say Happy Birthday to our good friend, our Royal Ambassador and global Pride of the Civil Societies, as the World celebrates you today.
Comrade Awa Bamiji is the National Coordinator Coalition for A Better Nigeria