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The Man Who Saw Tomorrow



Security In Anambra: Ozigbo's Ignorant Rhetoric Against Soludo

By Christian ABURIME

Creative, vision-driven leadership is a rare gem, a quality that separates those who navigate the present from those who reshape the future. Twenty years ago, when the Nigerian banking sector was a fragmented landscape, riddled with vulnerabilities, Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo, CFR, then the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), dared to dream of a different tomorrow. As Alvin Toffler, the futurist, aptly observed, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” Professor Soludo understood this truth. He refused to be a prisoner of the present, and instead, he saw a better future in Nigeria’s financial system.

The wisdom of Professor Soludo’s foresight is beautifully captured in the recent launch of a book titled “The Power of One Man: How Soludo-Engineered Consolidation Transformed Nigerian Banks into Global Players.” The book launch was not just a literary or ceremonial event; it was a resounding echo of the creative impact of Prof. Soludo’s vision. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in a message delivered by a representative, acknowledged the importance of having a leader who “sees the country holistically,” a clear nod to Prof. Soludo’s ability to envision the long-term needs of the nation.

Also, the banking consolidation, as Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State aptly stated at the book launch, was a bold move requiring immense foresight. It was not only about the extant stability of the financial system; it was about building a future where Nigerian banks could compete on a global stage. This sentiment was similarly echoed by Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, who emphasised the crucial role of “the right choice” in public office. And Prof. Soludo, with his intellectual brilliance and uncommon vision, undeniably fit that bill.

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The current CBN Governor, Dr. Yemi Cardoso, represented at the book launch by his deputy Dr. Philip Ikeazor, further underscored the enduring relevance of Prof. Soludo’s reforms. By commending Soludo’s foresight and consulting his counsel on the dire state of the economy from time to time, Dr. Cardoso acknowledged that the former’s vision has a timeless quality. The need for a proactive approach to economic challenges remains ever present.

From the foregoing aggregated consensus of esteemed opinions, it is obvious that the story of Prof. Soludo’s banking reforms is a powerful case study in the creative power of foresight. It reminds us, as Nelson Mandela once said, that “a good leader can unify a people and heal the wounds of the nation.” Prof, Soludo, in his own way, unified the fragmented Nigerian banking sector twenty years ago, healed its wounds, and made it a more resilient entity.

Looking ahead, Nigeria’s future prosperity hinges on leaders who, like Governor Soludo, can see beyond the horizon and take decisive action today to secure a brighter tomorrow. The message is clear: what limits us is not the external environment or circumstances, but our own imagination. As the Chinese proverb goes, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” The first step towards the recovery of a thriving Nigerian economy lies in cultivating a culture of creative leadership, where leaders are not just managers of the present, but architects of a prosperous future.


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