By Femi Ogunshola
Alhaji Mohammed Ajia, the President and Founder of the Mohammed Ajia Ibrahim Foundation, has extolled the virtue of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim at 60.
Ajia, in a statement on Friday in Abuja, described Anyim as a bridge-builder and a mentor of a new generation, adding he remained one of the most peaceful leaders in Nigeria.
He urged Nigerian youth to emulate the virtues of a leader like Anyim even at this trying time and live a life that would further cement the relationship among the various ethnic groups in Nigeria.
He said that the former Senate President had consistently prioritised the masses and service to humanity even above his personal needs.
“As senate president, even at a young age, Anyim demonstrated rare leadership qualities. He displayed maturity and brought much-needed stability to the hitherto volatile red chamber.
“In an era where laying banana peels for senate presidents was the norm, Anyim held his own and brought sanity into the business of lawmaking.
“And, of course, served till the end of his term in 2003,” he said.
He added that Anyim was the first senate president to bring sanity to lawmaking in the fourth republic
Ajia said that Anyim used his good office to support the country in achieving tangible development in every part of Nigeria.
He said that this virtue earned him prestige as one of the most successful Senate Presidents and SGF in Nigeria’s history.
“Anyim even as a dedicated Christian has always worked smoothly with people from different religions and ethnicity without rancor or any infringement on their religious rights and practices.
“Often unassuming and calm, he possesses such intricate disarming personality. But behind this facade of innocence or even timidity, is a true warrior who has fought and won many tough battles.
He said that Anyim never shied away from confronting any adversary who came knocking on his doors.(NAN)