By Oki Samson
Do you remember Awoism? Well, if you did not witness the politics of Nigeria’s independence days and you are not a student of Nigerian history, you might not know the political ideology named Awoism.
Awoism as a concept was coined by avid followers of the late Chief Obafemi Jeremiah Awolowo, the famed political leader of Western region. The term was coined as a representation of Baba Awo’s wide-range, progressive political and socio-economic policies which transformed first-republic Western region into a globally-celebrated region in Nigeria. The followers, called Awoists, extolled and practised this principle till their last breath.
Today, the same is being said about Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. And it is gathering momentum as fast as it can. Terms like Emilokanology among others like Jagabanism, BATified are taking deep roots in the hearts of today’s young generation, especially as Nigeria matches towards the 2023 presidential elections.
It is all about teaching and sensitizing the youths on the need for political participation. It is also to instill in the youths the value of patriotic contributions to the development of Nigeria.
Emilokanology, as propounded by the Asiwaju Distinguished Ambassadors Movement (ADAM) led by Aarebinrin Hon. Dr. Folashade Olabanji-Oba, is a political ideology aimed at inspiring greatness in the Nigeria citizenry across the length and breadth of the country, Trek Africa Newspaper can reports.
The Asiwaju proponents widely assert that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu deserves to be studied by academic intellectuals and political juggernauts in our ranking tertiary institutions.
Also, it aims to drum support for the presidential flagbearers of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Sen. Kashim Shettima.
Further, they are pushing the 2nd tenure agenda of Gov. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr. Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat in the Lagos State. Also on the table are the senatorial candidacy of Sen. Adetokunbo Abiru for Lagos East Senatorial District; the return of Hon. Babajimi Benson to the Federal House of Representatives representing Ikorodu Federal Constituency, Hon. Gbolahan Ogunleye and Hon. Moshood Aro in LSHA Ikorodu constituency 1 and 2 respectively as well as mobilizing for other All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates in the 36 states and FCT. This is what Asiwaju desires. The more progressive-minded people are close to power, the better for Nigeria. That is the concept of Emilokanology!
In the immediate, Aarebinrin Hon. Dr. Folashade Olabanji-Oba(Founder/ DG) at Asiwaju Distinguished Ambassadors Movement (ADAM) are holding a summit which will converge over 2500 persons on Wednesday, 14th December, 2022 at the Ten Degrees Event Center, Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos by 11.00am. It will not just be a political summit alone, it will double as an inter-religious, interdenominational prayers and praise conference.
There will also be voter education exercise during this one-day summit to be anchored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
There will be health talks and Free eye tests with free glasses ( Gigi Bola)
The National Chairman, Association of Local Government Vice Chairmen of Nigeria (ALGOVC) and Executive Vice-Chairman of Ikorodu LGA, Aarebinrin Hon. Dr Olabanji-Oba believes that Nigerians must fire from all cylinders – by voting, by watching, by praying – to ensure that Tinubu/Shettima emerge and retain the Aso rock seat for the enjoyment of all and sundry. She affirms the need for compatriots to also withstand any plan to cause mayhem before, during, and after elections.
Speaking on the Emilokanology political ideology in her brief chat with Oki Samson of Trek Africa Newspaper, Olabanji-Oba remarked: ‘Asiwaju is a leader of leaders, life transformer, and his capacity, capability, antecedent and all summed up in that one word ‘Emilokan’.
Asiwaju is a leader who is not intimidated by raising another person. You can see so many persons that have grown through him. For some of us who are his mentees, we know that there is so much to be done. So everyday is to get more converts not just because of now but even beyond 2023 that our mindsets and prerogatives have to be Nigeria first not any self-interest because that is what Asiwaju is all about.
On so many occasions, he has stepped down his own ambition to project a larger image, to see a bigger picture. So if we all can have that attitude and believe in this great entity called Nigeria. I am too sure that Nigeria will be among the greatest on the face of the earth. We got all that it takes.’
On the plan for the summit, Folashade Olabanji-Oba who is also the National Director of APC Professional Council ( Contacts and Mobilisation), Project 774 For Tinubu/ Shetima (National Director of Women) , National Organising Secretary for COSGABAT and National PRO for Women for SWAGA shared: ‘We will have our leaders, women, and youths that have been touched by the ideology – ideas rule the world. If you can’t conceive it, you can’t achieve it – to talk about issues and wake up the gentle giant within us and say the time is now that we all must collaborate.
The INEC would also be around to talk about what to do before, during, and after the elections, and how to make sure we have a peaceful transition. We must all understand that the peace of the land is very important. We will also be talking security.’
‘The unseen controls the seen. This time, we have to rise up and pray for the peace of the land so that we can all benefit from it. We are raising 774 prayer warriors for the 774 local governments to continuously pray for this peaceful transition is a necessity. To also pray for the wherewithal to be able to sail us through, His grace is more than sufficient. Nothing must divide us’, Olabanji-Oba concluded on the need for inter-religious prayers.
The acid test is less than 80 days away. The 2023 election is in focus. Aarebinrin Hon. Dr. Folashade Olabanji-Oba is bustling with optimism. The A.D.A.M political movement is rearing to go. The partners, Project 774 and Grassroot Care Initiative are also moving swiftly. Success on the Emilokanology Agenda is imminent!