Dear Esteemed Members and Stakeholders,
BY BAYO OLUGBEMI
I am deeply moved to reach out to you at this point in time, in view of the recent developments in our country. As we are all aware, the Nation is currently in a sober mood as a result of the unfortunate and terrible incidents which occurred in the past few days. What started as a peaceful protest by the Nigerian youths was truncated by evil elements and metamorphosed into a bloody event which has claimed lives and properties.
I genuinely commiserate with the families who lost their loved ones in the mayhem and also sympathise with business owners who have suffered one form of loss or the other due to the ugly events of the last few days. I pray for speedy recovery for those who sustained injuries during the chaos.
As you may be aware, the Institute as a responsible Professional body had to suspend all its programmes and activities including the 2020 Fellowship Investiture scheduled to hold on Saturday, October 24, 2020 as a mark of respect for our nation Nigeria and its people.
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As true professionals, we owe it a duty at times like this, to be a shining light by remaining law abiding and eschewing any form of violence. We also have a responsibility to use our various platforms and network to advocate for peace especially among our young ones, knowing fully well that the change that they seek, or desire can be pursued but certainly not through violence, chaos or brutality.
I want to admonish all our members across the globe not to despair in the face of adversity. Let us be encouraged by the golden words of Victor Hugo, which says that “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise”. Let us keep hope alive, bearing in mind that “For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion” Ecclesiastes 9:4
I pray that the God of the universe will speak peace to our country Nigeria and touch the hearts of the leaders and the led, so that the glory of this country can be restored in no distant time.
As I conclude, please be assured that our thoughts and prayers from the Institute are constantly with you at this challenging time. Let us remain positive and be a beacon of light to others around us.
I encourage you to stay connected with us through our website and social media handles so you can take maximum advantage of the packages we have for you as they unfold.
Please accept the assurances of my highest regards.
God bless and please stay safe.
MR Bayo Olugbemi FCIB is the President/Chairman, Chartered Institute Bankers Of Nigeria (CIBN)