VOTE OF THANKS BY THE CO-ORDINATOR GENERAL OF MUSTAPHA AKANBI FOUNDATION, DR. MUDASIRU SALAMI, ON THE OCCASION OF THE OFFICIAL COMMISSIONING OF MAF BUILDING COMPLEX AND THE 2ND ANNIVERSARY PUBLIC LECTURE.
Today the 5th of November, 2009 is a great day for Mustapha Akanbi Foundation, more particularly for the Chairman and Founder, Hon. Justice Mustapha Mohammed Adebayo Akanbi. Let me first of all start by giving glory to the Almighty Allah for His bounteous mercy and kindness, in the construction of this complex and for making the occasion of the unveiling of MAF building complex a resounding success.
On behalf of the Chairman/Founder of Mustapha Akanbi Foundation, Hon. Justice Mustapha Mohammed Adebayo Akanbi, CFR, PCA (Rtd), the Board of Trustees, the Advisory Board and the Planning Committee, I express our profound and most sincere gratitude to you all for honouring our invitation.
I wish to thank our Chief Host, His Excellency, the Governor of Kwara State, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the Turaki of Ilorin for finding time out of his busy schedule to be here with us. I also wish to thank all the Governors here present starting with the Chairman of this ceremony, Dr. (Alh.) Mua’zu Babangida Aliyu (OON), Chief servant of Niger State and the Talban of Minna. To our Special Guests of Honour, starting with Honourable Dimeji Bankole(CFR), the Speaker of the House of Representatives, to His Excellency Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, the Executive Governor of Kano State, His Excellency Babatunde Fashola (SAN), the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Eko Oni baje o and our Comrade Adam Oshiomole, the Governor of Edo State, I say a big thank you. We are proud of you all. You have been specially selected as our special guests because of the great achievements you are making towards the growth and development of your states in particular and Nigeria as a whole.
I also wish to thank our Host Royal Father His Royal Highness the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Dr. Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, CFR and other royal fathers, HRH Alhaji Anwal Ibrahim, Emir of Suleja, HRM Oba Rilwan Akiolu I, Oba of Lagos for their love, kindness and support for the Foundation and its Chairman. Long may you all reign (Ameen). We have benefited immensely from your support and prayers. We hope that you will continue to pray for us at all times. I thank our guests of Honour, Hon. Justice Saidu Kawu (CON), Hon. Justice Bola Babalakin (CON), and Alhaji Muritala Adetunji(OFR) for their unalloyed support and encouragement at every twist and turn. Allah bless you all.
To our erudite Guest Lecturer, Professor Akinjide Osuntokun, we say a big thank you sir. We are humbled by your kind gesture in accepting to give this public lecture despite your numerous and tight schedule. Those of us who are regular readers of your column in the Nation Newspaper knew we were in for an exciting lecture. I believe we have all profited from your wealth of learning and experience. The lecture has been quite educative and illuminating. We feel proud of you.
I thank all the members of the Federal and State Executive Council, the Judiciary, the Legislature, the Bar and the Bench, the Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN). I thank your lordships, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, the President Court of Appeal and the Presiding Justices of the Court of Appeal and Chief Judges of various states. We thank you all for your solidarity. Hon. Justice M. M. A. Akanbi is highly appreciative of your wonderful support. My thanks also go to the ANCOPSS, all Government officials, SSG, Chief of Staff, Head of Service, Commissioners, State Executive Council members, Permanent Secretaries, Chief Executive of Parastatals and the Academia. I thank the Vice Chancellor University of Ilorin. I also thank the members of Board of Trustees of Al-Hikma University, the Chairman, Governing Council, Alhaji Ibrahim Coomasie CFR, the Sadauna of Kastina, and Members of the Governing Council, the Vice Chancellor, and his Deputy for their support, encouragement and invaluable contribution, towards the success of this occasion. I salute the Founder/Proprietors of the University, Alh Raimi Oladimeji, the Jagunmolu of Igbomina land and Dr. Uwaish, Deputy Chairman, BOT and other members of WAMY as well as the Principal officers of the University. We in MAF appreciate you all.
My thanks go to the leaders of Religious Organizations, Government and Non-Governmental organizations, Security Agencies namely the Police, State Security Service, the Civil Defense Corps, the Army, and the Air Force. Without their support and encouragement we could not have achieved so much within such a limited time. We appreciate your love and sense of patriotism in coming to grace this occasion and for being supportive. May God bless you and grant you continued success in the service of the nation.
I cannot but recognize with gratitude the invaluable contributions of members of electronic and print media to the success we have so far achieved. You have always been our friends and we shall continue to count on you to bring about changes that will improve the lives of our people and enthrone justice, equity and fairness. My lord Justice Akanbi appreciates your immeasurable contribution. I thank all of you public-spirited Nigerians from far and near who have not only come to grace this occasion but also donated generously towards the achievements of this Foundation. I thank our Engineers, Mr Jimoh in particular and Alhaji B.S. Lawal. I thank all the staff/workers of MAF, our Secretary, our drivers, messengers and all who gave a helping hand during the preparation for this ceremony. I thank all of you without exception for the honour done us.
Finally, let me seize this opportunity to remind you of tomorrow’s programme which comprises the Turbaning of Hon. Justice M.M.A Akanbi as the Wakili of Ilorin by the Emir of Ilorin, HRH Alh. (Dr.) Ibrahim Sulu Gambari(CFR) at the Emir’s Palace and the inauguration of Bello Akanbi Oniyo Mosque at Akarebiata.
I wish you all Allah’s protection and journey mercies back to your various destinations. Thank you and God bless.
DR. MUDASIRU SALAMI
MAF, CO-ORDINATOR GENERAL