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My Activism Not Platform To Seek For Electoral Positions – Ubani

Posted: Jul 28, 2016 at 4:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)
Ejikeme  Omenazu
Barrister Monday Ubani, activist Lagos lawyer and former President of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja chapter, has said that he has no plans to seek any elective position under any political platform in the nearest future.
Ubani who spoke in Lagos, said that politics in Nigeria is very expensive and that he only wanted to contribute to the service of humanity and  empower the less privileged as government’s efforts are not enough to take care of Nigerians.
He maintained that he wants to serve the people in his little way through his legal activism.
Ubani, who disclosed his plans to set up a foundation, called Onyekachi Ubani Foundation (OUF), to empower the youths and unemployed men and women, said that the government should put in place structures to make the environment conducive for patriotic Nigerians.
He maintained that politics in the country is a very costly venture which only rich individuals can participate fully for electoral positions, adding that honest individuals cannot play participant politics in the country.
Ubani stressed: “I am a committed Christian, a deacon in the Assemblies of God Church and I want to go to heaven. I want to be honest in what I do. Honesty and integrity in leadership are very important in what I do.
“Politics is not considered in what I do. People take money to vote for you. I do not have that type of money to vie for electoral position in this country,” even as he appreciated the role of the press in his legal and humanitarian activism.
Ubani said that his foundation which would be inaugurated on August 6 in Lagos would have four components, which include the Youth Literacy Initiative for the training of young but illiterate Nigerians on how to read and write and the Youth Creativity and Media Initiative to help the youths to harness their potentials in creative arts.
The others are the Men of Standard Initiative, a vocational training platform for the unemployed men, which would train them in such areas as tiling, plastering, painting, metal work and welding to make them employable; and the Women of Substance Initiative which would be equipping women to earn a living and help in putting food on their table.
Ubani stated that his foundation would put up a training centre at the cost of N750 million, where there would be structures and equipment for the training of the less privilege, even as such people would be empowered to set up businesses at the end of their vocational training.
He disclosed that the inauguration of the foundation would attract the presidency, some governors, political leaders, top business people and religious leaders.