Dr. Naomi King, wife of Late A.D. Williams King has commended the Director-General of the National Council of Arts and Culture, NCAC, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe for his sterling leadership qualities and commitment to excellence wherever he serves.
Dr. Naomi made the commendation during a reception held in her honour at the headquarters of NCAC in Abuja along with Mr. Isaac Newton-Farris, a nephew of American civil right activist, Martin Luther King Junior among other notable personalities.
Speaking during the grand reception, the influential American civil right activist said Runsewe makes positive impact anywhere he goes stressing that he will surely deliver as the helmsman at the NCAC.
Narrating her own personal experience, Dr. Naomi intimated that God had always been on her side and even at 86 she was still waxing stronger and pursuing the core values that make America a great nation.
Furthermore, she advised Nigerians to always put God and love for country first before any other consideration just as she asked Nigerians to ensure a peaceful election process come 2019.
She said, “I want you to take the responsibility and vote when the time comes for the candidate of your choice because you have a voice and your vote is your voice. Remember that if you love God, you love your neighbor and have in mind what the almighty God has done He will give you the desire of your heart.”
On her part, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora who accompanied the Americans on the visit to the Council said the Luther family was in Nigeria to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jnr.
Speaking further, “As they celebrate the 50th anniversary in Nigeria which is the first of its kind, we want Africans in the diaspora and in Africa to work together for the development of the continent. So, it is a major step forward, it is our desire to work with our sisters and brothers of African descent to move the continent forward.”
She also extolled Otunba Runsewe saying he was a brother she can vouch for when it comes to excellence and work ethic adding that Nigeria was not a terrorist state despite some of the security challenges facing the country. She was positive that the country will overcome these challenges.
Responding, Runsewe thanked the high-profile visitors for their kind words and confidence reposed in him just as he recounted a previous historic meeting he had with Dr. Naomi while visiting the United States.
He specially thanked Hon. Abike Dabiri for facilitating the visit saying she has been a successful role model for women across the Nigeria and indeed Africa.
The guests were subsequently treated to very entertaining cultural displays and music by the performing arts department of the NCAC.