SPEECH DELIVERED BY EBEN AKINYEMI, THE CONVENER OF ORGANISATION FOR TRUTHFUL REBIRTH (OTR), AT A MEDIA PARLEY, HELD AT PROTEA HOTEL, MARYLAND, IKEJA, ON AUGUST 14, 2013.
It is a great privilege to welcome you here today. The purpose of this media parley is to introduce to you, an organisation that is ready to create the new Nigeria we all desire.
I was reading the newspaper, peacefully, when I came across an article. I found out that if I don’t speak now, then I will become the ‘grass.’ They say, “When two elephants fight, the grass suffers.” It means that when politicians fight in this country, the rest of us suffer in silence. The politicians see themselves as the ‘elephants’ while the rest of the citizens are seen as the ‘grass.’
I have successfully fought for my manhood in business, and I am sure I have won that battle, because I have started commanding retainer-ship.
The Organisation for Truthful Rebirth (OTR) is that movement that will create a new Nigeria where you will be judged on the strength of your character. You cannot judge me on the strength of how much money I can spend. I cannot be living in an environment where everybody is looking for a share of the spoil.
Some of the values I hold dear
I demand that no one is guilty until he acts it. So, you give every Nigerian that you meet a benefit of doubt.
I demand that truth be our currency not money. I can assure you that money will come if truth becomes our currency.
I also demand that we act in consistence with our character all the time. This is because I know that money is not an end in itself, but a consequence of our action. I am also born again, but I am born against greed, fear and avarice.
OTR wants to become the ‘change’ and demand that others join us in becoming the ‘change.’