African leaders and dignitaries from across the globe stormed the Lagos VI on Saturday for the grand opening of The Delborough Lagos.
Two African leaders and former presidents of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo; and Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as well as Lagos State Governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, took the lead in separate remarks to describe Dr Stanley Uzochukwu, who owns the luxury brand, as a true model to young Nigerians, in particular, and Africans at large.
In his remarks during the commissioning on Saturday, Obasanjo said, “I don’t have anything to say other than to say, keep doing what you are doing.
“I heard the Governor of Lagos State saying that you’re working together. He is helping you and you are helping him and that’s what it should be – the private sector and public sector should work together for the development of the land. It shouldn’t be the other way around.
“God that has given you the ability, the resource, the enablement to put this up, will give you the ability and the enablement to build the one that is bigger and greater than this. Thank you very much.”
On his part, former president Jonathan said in his remarks, “Stanley came to see me when I was a president. When he interacted with me on his vision, I told him: Young man, with this your vision, I want to make young Nigerians billionaires and you should be one of them.
“Somehow, it’s like a vision and he carried on with it and today he invited me to be here to commission this luxury brand.
“Stanley, you have done well! I appreciate what you’re doing. You are a good example of what we want our young men and women to do.
“In short, the whole world today is controlled by very young people. The economy today is not the one in which you have to use your muscles but your brain.
‘So if you think positively, you can become the richest person in the world today. The multi-billionaires today in the world are below 40 and 45 years old.
“Stanley here is comfortable, providing jobs for people. He can move freely without looking at his back to see if police and even SSS are following him.
“So we plead with our young boys; the brain you have, your level of intelligence you have that is making you go through dubious ways to make money, that same brain and level of intelligence can make you make money positively and you will live in decent society happily.
“Please, I want young Nigerians to emulate Stanley Uzochukwu! We are here because he is clean and is doing well creating jobs for people but not bringing image problems to this country, he added.
Gov. Sanwo-Olu also corroborated the former presidents, saying, “When Stanley and I met, not only did the connection become instant, but Stanley is a young man that’s well brought up.
“We had a conversation that I was truly impressed with him – his humane, his humbleness, his clarity and his set of what he wants to achieve is fundamental and I want to believe that, indeed, if we want to begin to talk of role models in our country, Stanley is a clear example of a Nigerian role model than all of us; giving the array of Nigerians that are here and giving the array of Nigerian Senior Citizens that are here to witness this event.
“You can see that they didn’t come because they just wanted to come and look at the beautiful brand, they came here because a young Nigerian is doing something unique, that’s great, that is elegant, that we all can identify with and it is a brand that we can all leave here and say that truly we are blessed in Nigeria.”
Notable Nigerians at the inauguration ceremony include a formal Senate President and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Anyim Pius Anyim; the Emir of Kano, HRH, Dr Aminu Ado Bayero; Igwe of Onitsha Kingdom and the chairman of The Delborough Board, HRM Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe; Chief (Dr) Mike Ozekhome (SAN); Prof Lilian Orogbo.
Others are Olu of Warri, His Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse III, CFR, Senator Daisy Danjuma and other local and international dignitaries, too many to mention.