Your Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON, I am inspired by your commitment to building a better Nigerian economy for all Nigerians. I wish to thank the organizers for inviting me to speak at this 7th Christopher Kolade Lecture. I am grateful to the Convention for Business Integrity/Integrity Organisation Limited for organizing this annual lecture in honor of Dr. Kolade, CON, a most distinguished Nigerian who has lived a life of integrity and service to Nigeria. I want to associate myself with the excellent work the CBI, its founders and leadership do to elevate the standards of integrity in Corporate Nigeria and Nigeria.
I will try not to disappoint you by speaking to truth and I feel safe to do that, knowing that I am speaking before the CBI and that if you are present you are a key stakeholder in the enterprise “Nigeria Plc”. I start on this premise in the hope and belief that you have invited me today because you trust that I will speak frankly. I believe that integrity is at the foundation of anything that will grow, sustainably.