VOTE OF THANKS DELIVERED BY THE CHAIRMAN, MAF, HON. JUSTICE M.M.A. AKANBI CFR ON THE 12TH OF SEPTEMBER, 2006.
Today is a great day for me. It is a day of consummate joy, passion and gratitude to Almighty Allah (SWT) who has made this day possible and this occasion a success. I feel fulfilled. I feel elated. I am humbled and overwhelmed by the esteemed presence of you all great Nigerians from all walks of life who have honoured our invitation and contributed, immensely to the success of the events of this day.
I thank each and every one of you for gracing this occasion and indeed for donating generously to a worthy and noble cause.
The establishment of the Mustapha Akanbi Foundation is the climax of everything I have by Allah’s good grace been able to do in the seventy fours (74) years of my life on the planet earth. It is the culmination of all my achievements and the crescendo of my pledge right from childhood to serve God and humanity for as long as I live. I am glad to be able to share this moment of joy with you all. I pray Almighty Allah (SWT) to bless, guide and protect you all who have joined us in this celebration. I assure you that every Kobo, every Naira you have donated will be judiciously expended and accounted for.
Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, more than any one else, we of the MAF know that we cannot do it alone. We shall need your continuous support. We shall need the support of other Nigerians also. We therefore plead that you continue to co-operate and support us at all times. It is my hope that by this time next year, God sparing our lives, we should be able to finish work on our permanent site at 34, Onikanga Road and there celebrate in state and fashion the 75th anniversary of our Founder’s day and the 1st anniversary of this inauguration.
Let me also say that our choice of Ilorin in Kwara State, as our base and center for our activities is for convenience sake. Ilorin being the gateway to the North and South of the country offers great opportunities for reaching out to various parts of the country and beyond. What is more, besides being the operational base of the Foundation Chairman, most of the available infrastructural facilities of the Foundation are located therein. It is also believed that its serene and peaceful environment, free from hustle and bustle of the big cities like Lagos and Abuja, will undoubtedly ensure a quicker realization of our aims and objectives and the fulfillment of our vision, our mission and vows to make a difference in the effort to make Nigeria the pride of the black race and the haven of all that is good and decent in human society.
May I at this stage express my profound gratitude to the President, Commander-in- Chief for sending a worthy representative to attend this ceremony and for sending a most encouraging letter to me. I thank His Excellency, the Governor of Kwara State for his presence, his unstinted co-operation and support particularly for willingly providing accommodation and transport for the use of our distinguished guests. I thank immensely His Royal Highness, the Emir of Ilorin for his prayers, his words of encouragement, support and co-operation in making this occasion a success. I thank also all other Royal Highnesses here present. I am also grateful to all the Governors here present for their love, kindness and support. I thank my Lords from various jurisdictions especially the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice M.L. Uwais, the current C.J.N, Hon. Justice SMA Belgore, Retired Justice Babalakin, Rtd Justice Olatawura, all Chief Judges serving and retired, Judges of Kwara State High Court, Grand kadi and kadis of Kwara State Sharia Court of Appeal for their support.
I also thank all Hon. Ministers here present, Commissioners, Secretary to Kwara State Government, members of the Federal and State executive councils, Permanent Secretaries, Captains of Industry, Head of parastatals, Chairman of various Local Government Councils, I also thank all those who sent us messages of good-will and support in one form or the other as well as those who donated generously to the Foundation. I thank members of the Fourth Estate of the Realm.
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen for gracing this occasion.
I thank you all. May Allah bless you all and keep you safe.
From the inner recesses of my heart, I wish to thank all the paper presenters for their outstanding presentations. They have undoubtedly done us proud. We have all profited from their learning and experience. In appreciation of their efforts, the Foundation will at the earliest opportunity cause the various speeches to be published and put into circulation for the benefit of society generally.
Before I am done, let me in conclusion, express my profound gratitude also to all members of the Board of Trustees, the Advisory Board, the Planning Committee, members of the various sub-committees, the Co-ordinator General and his entire staff, friends and relations who have worked so hard and tirelessly to make this occasion a resounding success. I thank my dear wife, Hajia Mufatu Akanbi in a special way for being such a wonderful tower of strength and support throughout. Without her unflinching support and co-operation, we could not have achieved so much. May the Almighty Allah (SWT) bless each and every one of you and grant you all journey mercies. Cheers and best wishes to you all.
Hon. Justice MMA Akanbi CFR,