Students For Liberty’s Local Coordinator, Hammed Sulaiman, has on Saturday, 18th of January, held an event that has been agog in the minds of targeted audience, themed “Culture of Toleration: The Synergy of Citizens’ Liberty and Web of Law”. The event was held at Offa Grammar School Auditorium, Offa, Kwara State and kick started around 10am and ends around 2pm.
LC Hammed Sulaiman, during his welcome address and speech, welcomed all the guest speakers and members of high table, and also the student leaders present. He unveiled the theme of the event in parts and reveal the purpose of the event as informal learning in knowing how to and what to. The event was graced by local coordinators from Lagos State, Osun State, Ilorin and other neighbouring areas around Offa. The event was also graced by community leaders, press crew, student Leaders and undergraduate students of Offa in
different institutions and kwara State at large.
Mr. Dotun Famoriyo, Gambia National Coordinator, Students for Liberty speaks on the emanation, opportunity, success embedded in Student for Liberty (SFL) Program. He also focus his presentation on “Cheetah Generation” as everyone is now fast forward thinkers, agile and proactive.
He revealed the mission and vision of the organization. He also buttressed the point that everybody is entitle to his/her view.
“We need to believe in each other opinion and everyone is entitle to his opinion as long as not hurting anyone”.
Barrister Debo Adeyemo as a guest speaker with a given topic – “The Syndrome of Liberty and Limitations: Legal Perspective”, focuses his presentation entirely on intestines of Nigerian constitution relating to fundamental human rights – Chapter Four of 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
“There is right but there is limitation depending on the situation. Where your right stop, another begin. There is right to fair hearing, religion, freedom of expression and press but because there is freedom of expression, you don’t infringe on another person’s right.”
He explained freedom of movement; privacy; acquiring property and all other rights enshinred in Chapter Four of Constitution and their limitations.
Another guest speaker was DSP Olawale Ojo, who ably and duly represent Divisional Police Officer Offa. He speaks on his given topic – “Limiting Offence Commission vis-a-vis Doctrine of Police is Your Friend”. He described series of offence as provided by law and explain the meaning of friend, reiterating that crime prevention and control is a collective responsibility.
“To reduce crime, there must unity, there must be relationship between the police and public.”
The third speaker, Mr. Olorede Jimoh from Department Masscommunication, Federal Polytechnic Offa, speaks on his topic – “Freedom of Press and War Against Media; Way out”. Mr. Olorede explained why media should be given freedom.
He cited Obafemi Awolowo that “Freedom to know the truth is the first of freedom.” He also stated that freedom is not absolute because if it’s absolute, there will be chaos.
He reiterated that “Truth and liberty are twin sisters.”
There was room for question and answers, at the instance of each speaker. There was panel discussion at the instance of Student Leaders relating to ethics and quality in politics under the canopy of Liberty and on some topical issues that are currently boiling in Nigeria. Student Leaders shone discussed their suggestions and contributions.
There also was spoken words on liberty, presented by Abdulbasit Hussein, a talented spoken words presenter from Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto. The dusk of the event sees it to the closing remark, creation of local chapter of SFL in Offa with some new LCs and Bello Idris Agbe as one of the principal coordinators for Offa SFL and key volunteers that would be recruiting more volunteers. Refreshments, networking, pictures and group pictures ended the program.
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