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The truth is that no matter how specific to military life a defence top brass’ training was, time also instilled in them soft skills.


This applies to an amiable, detribalized Nigerian, and accomplished army officer with an intimidating resume, General Babagana Monguno (Rtd) Nigeria’s incumbent National Security Adviser. The Borno State-born General recently put one of those special soft skills to use last weekend at the week-long 85th birthday of Prof. Wole Soyinka, the retired General took time to personally sketched different portraits of the Nobel laureate and presented the framed piece of work to the Octogenarian literary giant in Lagos. The noble laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, was really enthralled by the work of art and expressed appreciation and thanks to the NSA, for the present. "It's fascinating and nice for the NSA Gen. Monguno to take time to make the sketches, am pleasantly surprised. Thank you General," he was quoted. For many years, Monguno has been a brother to all, who has more Christian friends and as a member of the great Kings College, Lagos alumnus, he interacts better with friends feeling at home while in their company addressing everyone as brother. As a Combatant Regular Officer of the Nigeria Army, he was once recommended for the Chief of Army Staff position. Apart from his successful military career, Monguno is also an artist; he draws and plays saxophone.

When your protégée is doing well, after gaining substantial expertise and experience from you, you will always be proud of him when he begins to attain greater heights after you have left him to carry on in your ambits.


Jim Ovia made this known to many recently at an event that encapsulated his tutorship of one of those he tutored, Godwin Emefiele. The Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Jim Ovia (CON) showered praises on the CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele (CON) at a reception at the Civic Centre organized by the private sector in honour of the CBN Governor, following a family thanksgiving service held on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at the Catholic Church of Assumption, Falomo, Lagos. He urged him to create the enabling environment through the institution of various initiatives that support financial inclusion to help empower and blossom the Nigerian youths. He urged the CBN helmsman to fully encourage financial inclusion and initiate more programs that will create employment for the Nigerian youths, empowering them to be innovative and creative in utilizing their God-given talents in various industries, including, but not limited to agriculture, fintech , technology and the creative industries. He added that the implementation of these initiatives, which are in line with the World Bank and United Nations-backed programs all over the world, will significantly reduce poverty and unemployment in our country. He thanked the CBN Governor for the recent financing and funding initiatives which banks are now mandated to fully support, to empower the Nigerian youths.

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