The Nigerians’ alumni of Oxford and Cambridge universities visited Rwanda, in order to witness and learn from the country’s good governance especially in unity and reconciliation among others.
They visited President Paul Kagame at Village Urugwiro on June 18, 2012 so as to invite him to give a leadership public lecture in Nigeria.
The group of four from Oxford- Cambridge Club of Nigeria are also leaders in their fields from different professions.
In his statement, after a brief meeting with president Kagame the Head of State, Akinfela Akoni, president of the alumni club showed appreciation to the leadership of President Kagame, through his work he has demonstrated very good leadership where by all Rwandans have been united into one family.
“In our country, we have an annual event which is a public lecture, where we invite very competent individuals to come and deliver a lecture, for instance in the likes of the president, top politicians across the world. “
“We recognised President Kagame and felt it would be our great honour if he could come to Nigeria and deliver the leadership lecture due to his exemplary good leadership he has demonstrated in Rwanda.”
According to him, it was a privilege for us to have been also invited to the official closing ceremony of Gacaca courts which took place on June 18, at parliament buildings.
“It was a phenomenal experience, where creation of body of law has given such hope and results to the people of Rwanda,” remarked Akon.
One of the club’s principal activities is an annual leadership lecture, which has in the past delivered by former Presidents of Nigeria and other high profile leaders from the United Kingdom.
Faustin Mbundu Kananura, The Chairman of the Private Sector Federation, who accompanied the Nigerians to meet the Head of State, announced Kagame’s promised to honour the invitation.
“The group wants knowledge on how the Head of State has spearheaded the transformation of Rwanda to become a model state in the region,” he noted.
The initiative comes as a ways to advocate for a positive change in Nigeria. Rwanda’s story of recovery has inspired them and pleased them into engaging with President Kagame to tap into his wisdom and leadership.