Authors of a book: The Iconic Bola Ahmed Tinubu: An Inspiration to African Youths have called for mentoring of youths formation-building.

Oki Samson and Abayomi Oyelami  spoke at a media briefing in Lagos State.

Samson said nation-building would require citizens to align with compassionate  leaders.

“They see their efforts, sacrifices and paths laid for the progress of the society. For instance, in South Africa, we have had people like Nelson Mandela and others who the citizens looked up to.

“In Nigeria, we have exceptional leaders of thought and deeds who we can align with in mentorship to have a better society.

“One of the leaders our youths can look up to for nation-building is Asiwaju Tinubu, who stands as a hero of democracy,” he said.

Samson recalled how Asiwaju Tinubu and others struggled for restoration of democracy and facilitated its growth till date.

He stressed that Asiwaju Tinubu, a former two-term governor of Lagos State, has shown passion for Nigeria’s progress.

“Right from 1999, Asiwaju Tinubu has yet to look back in ensuring our democracy is well-nurtured. He has been on tour of many states for this cause.

“Asiwaju Tinubu was not bothered whenever he got any negative criticism. Instead, he used the criticism to build on his strong points,” he said.

Samson added while some might disagree with the thought of the flagbearer of All Progressives Congress (APC), his achievements  would stand him out.

“Some may disagree with Asiwaju Tinubu’s style, but one thing is sure: he remains a hero of democracy.

“The energy and passion that Asiwaju Tinubu puts into his programmes are what youths can learn from; his never-die spirit and resoluteness are virtues to consider,” Samson said.

The co-author implored the youth to read the book without political sentiments.

Oyelami said it is beneficial to learn from outstanding people.

“We need to appreciate leaders we have. They have paid their dues in giving us a better society.

“At this critical time of elections, we need to ask ourselves what type of leaders we want.

“For the subject of discuss, Asiwaju Tinubu has a character that youths can emulate.

“He is a role model to the youth. He has allowed them to have their say, even in his government, because he ran an all-inclusive government,” he said.

Oyelami said the book would be launched on March 25.

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