The chairman of Heirs Holdings; Chief Tony Elumelu has commended the Nigerian military for their zeal and commitment towards ensuring the protection of Nigeria’s territorial integrity and the fight against insurgency in some parts of the country.
Elumelu gave the commendation during a keynote lecture titled Leadership; the private sector perspective at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji in Kaduna on Tuesday. The lecture was attended by several senior officers of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, and the Nigerian Air Force. Elumelu appreciated the efforts of the military, the pivotal role they played in the affairs of the country and how the military institution has contributed immensely to the unity, peace, and progress of the nation.
The Nigerian military gives us hope. The facilities I see here are comparable to the ones I have seen in Europe and the United States. He said about the school. Talking about leadership in the private sector, he stressed that there was little or no difference between the private and public sector. He insisted that leaders should focus more on mapping out a vision and mobilize the people to fulfill the vision. He encouraged the listeners “to become leaders of purpose as leadership is not by accident, rather leaders are made”
“Leaders should understand that they have to lead well in order to succeed in business or public service”, he said. He also stressed that leaders have a responsibility to galvanize change and development. They also have to charge the people under them in the present to think of leaving a lasting legacy behind for generations to come “to prove to the world that this is not a wasted generation”. This lecture further stresses Elumelu’s belief that the private sector needs to take a more proactive role in the development of Africa. This belief is embodied his philosophy called “Africapitalism”
The Commandant of the AFCSC Air Vice Marshall Suleiman Abubakar Dambo responded to the lecture by appreciating Elumelu’s perspective on leadership. We are delighted to have in our presence an embodiment of knowledge, visionary leadership and an encyclopedia of leadership. I agree that leaders are made and not born, otherwise, how do you explain an individual having a conglomerate of multinational corporations and successfully influencing the various sectors such as the financial sector, real estate, oil and gas of over 20 African countries?
The commandant concluded the lecture by appreciating the generosity of Elumelu’s generosity by taking the time to travel to the school to share his leadership knowledge with the students of the college.