Stand down when the ovation is loudest – Sunday Magazine – The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News
Dr. Ganiyu Adetunji Adeniran’s legacy and footprints on the sands of time in various fields have been described as impacting and immensely beneficial to mankind.
This was on full display as he celebrated his 65th birthday and retirement from the prestigious University of Ibadan on an occasion where he was honored with the presence of the crème de la crème in society.
The Chairman of the Body of Counselors and Principal Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chief Wole Olanipekun, while praising Adeniran, described him as an enigma. Adeniran was one of UI’s most versatile veterinary scientists.
He said that Dr. Adeniran, otherwise known as Gani, has very particular idiosyncrasies, one of which is his morning messages to his friends and associates. “Gani uses the instrumentality of these greetings to convey prayers, good wishes, and also express his views on events in Nigeria, applying satirical phrases and metaphors, and ending it all with his usual cliche: ‘Ire o.'”
Gani, according to him, was committed to people, ideas and ideals. “He is dependable and trustworthy – a gentleman of the highest quality – with good and excellent character; an unequivocal achievement when it comes to parentage and family issues… All in all, his career has been the most successful, both vertically and horizontally! »
Speaking on the subject: “A man and his worth: the imperatives of an enduring legacy”, Olanipekun said that there is currently a disturbing endemic decline in societal values, conscience, ethics, morals, scruples, ideals and strength of character.
He expressed his disappointment with the situation in higher institutions today where even graduates are unable to proportionally demonstrate their learning and character. “Isn’t it unfortunate that the only stable thing in education in Nigeria is the industrial action of the various unions,” he said.
Olanipekun said, “Growing up in an average home, we were inundated with repeated reminders to, ‘remember whose son you are. Nor have we been spared King Solomon’s resounding warning (Soliman in the Holy Quran) – “A good name should be chosen over great riches, loving favors over silver and gold .”
“These warnings reflect the high regard with which family values and reputation were held. For us, it was a healthy competition to maintain the family legacy and not bring the farm into disrepute. It is, however, very unfortunate, utterly discouraging and horribly disturbing that, just as you have done at the macro level of our national policy, the family, which is the cell and the smallest unit of society, has also lost this cohesive element. Vain quests have eroded all that was once, discipline, prestige, honor and grace with which our insignia were worn. At the macro level, starting with academics, decadence and decadence are staring very ominously at us,” he said.
Economically, he said Nigeria is indeed in a paradoxical situation, where experts say growth prospects have relatively improved, but inflationary and fiscal pressures have increased significantly, leaving the economy much more vulnerable.
He said a conversation of this nature offers all the rare privilege of introspection on life and its purpose in tandem with the saying of the enigmatic and inscrutable thinker who has had a positive impact on humanity.
Describing Adeniran as a good man, an omoluabi in Yoruba, he said: “I will choose to stick to the conception of man along the virtuous lines of insight, frankness, courage, determination, determination, responsiveness and the value it adds to life. ”
He ranked Adeniran among world heroes who left legacies and footprints on the sands of time in various fields including science, innovations, literature, religion, governance, law, politics, scholars, etc
He quoted Alfred Nobel – the prize and patent man; The Wright Brothers and the Legacy of the Flying Machine; Nelson Mandela for freedom, justice and peace; Lee Kuan Yew, the man who gave birth to the new state; Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his giant steps in the UAE; Thomas Edison, the man of light; Albert Einstein’s photoelectric effect; the unfailing Abraham Lincoln; Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill; the sage called Obafemi Awolowo; Bishop Ajayi Crowther of Faith and his Immortal Translation; William Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon; the Master of the Rolls, Lord Alfred Thompson Denning; and finally Gani, the enigma.
“Contrary to William Shakespeare’s oft-quoted phrase that ‘The evil that men do lives after them, the good is often buried with their bones’, Gani’s Book – My Footprints in the Sands of Time…Celebrating Gani during that he is still alive and not when he passed into the great beyond. Indeed, the good deeds that Gani performed from his youth and up to the age of 65 are now being replayed and reworked by a assemblage of prominent citizens who are strangers to dressing anyone in borrowed robes.
“Admitted, Gani is a veterinary doctor, not a philosopher in the mold of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle; not a political leader like Winston Churchill, Kwan Yew, Obafemi Awolowo, etc., not a scientist or an inventor like the Wright brothers, Einstein and Thomas Edison; not a missionary like Ajayi Crowther; not a bard like William Shakespeare, however, the fact remains that Gani, in the postulations of all the great philosophers, as well as the intentions and ultimate injunction of the Holy Scriptures and also in a man’s ultimate destination as defined by Yoruba ‘omoluabiism’, Gani is by nature, naturally good; he aims for the summum bonum; he desires the greatest good for the greatest number of people; in the words of Socrates, Gani is of teachable virtue; he is a man whose virtues easily define his legacy.
“I am aware that Gani is a practicing Muslim, but in practical terms Gani is a humanist, a lover of humanity, and a doer and seeker of all that is good, noble and pious, a friend and a sympathizer of the oppressed, a kind Homo sapien at heart and a God fearing being. What then is the essence of religion? The purpose of religion, in my opinion, is the realization of all the good and qualitative virtues that Gani possesses in rich quantity.
“For Karl Marx, religion is the opium of the masses, but I want to agree with this German philosopher in the sense that religion is used and practiced in Nigeria today as a camouflage, a deceptive vessel for the self-glorification rather than showing the glory and praise of God and enjoying his benevolence.In my opinion, Gani’s religious practice or tendency is not opium, but a sincere representation of civility, humility , humanity, kindness, friendship, patience, strength of character, high morality, meticulousness, courage, probity, rectitude and bravery.
“Gani is never envious of anyone, regardless of position or achievement; on the contrary, he prays for and appreciates others who are making steady progress in their efforts, without caring about them or showing bitterness towards them. Envy breeds hatred, angst, strife, bitterness and the application of the Nigerian cliché, ‘lowering syndrome’. Gani thanks and appreciates God for what he has, but never blames the Almighty, the gods, his friends, his allies or even powers and principalities for what he does not have. No wonder he is always happy and oozing for everyone, anytime or anywhere “ire o”.
“To me, Gani is a brother, a close friend, a companion, a trusted ally, a reliable confidant. A prominent jurist once enthused: “I have learned to appreciate both my projects and my accomplishments. I kindly take the advice of years. I nurture the strength or spirit that has always shielded me from the vicissitudes of life and the swinging barometer of fortune. I believe that with all its fictional drudgeries and temporary setbacks, it’s still a beautiful world…all things considered, life has been kind to me. There are, indeed, very few regrets although I must admit that there were many small irritations.
“Although Gani, understandably, may not have come across these enlightening words from the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, I am sure he has manifested every iota of the candid expressions of the quintessential jurist. I am not unaware of some of the “many minor irritations” and “mountainous vicissitudes” that Gani faced in life, but at all times he continued and continues to rejoice. He sees life as a celebration rather than a setback; he always appreciated “both his projects and his achievements”.
“Gani moves and fraternizes with the young, the old and the elderly. No wonder, he benefits immensely from the “council of years”. In our contemporary world, there are few friends, but a legion of friends. I reasonably believe that Gani is and has always remained a true friend to all of his many friends, rather than a friend. The Gani archetype is of a rarefied variety; whether as a Gani simpliciter, Gani as a husband, Gani as a father, Gani as a friend, Gani as an activist, Gani as a social activist or Gani as an academic. He is in a class of his own; a personality so sublime, so lofty, so noble and so egalitarian. Anyone who appreciates and appreciates Gani’s true friendship will quickly take a look at Dante’s Vita Nuova, a work he dedicated to Cavalcanti, his best friend, and where he said “in this book which is my memory , on the first page of the chapter which is the day I first met you”. It captures, in word and deed, the essence of our camaraderie.
“Now the import of Gani being 65 years old is wide and far-reaching. Firstly, it means the world has been blessed to have Gani in its bosom for 65 whole years! Secondly, by virtue of a statutory stipulation , the University of Ibadan (UI) is now in the dilemma position of having to lose him as a staff and lecturer, having reached the bar of retirement. unemployment, the University has my empathy. However, all is not lost, as Gani takes off the robe and goes to town. I believe he will add immense value to the “town community” from where he will continue to promote, nurture and help the dress,” he said.