A RENOWNED public relations’ practitioner PR, Akogun Lekan Alabi, has charged contemporary human rights activists to be valiant rather than being cowards while pursuing issues affecting the public . Alabi gave the charge during the activities commemorating 50 years of his human rights activism and the launch of his book “Review for public good” held at the Excellence Hotel, Ogba in Ikeja, Lagos State. “Human rights activists of today are cowards, they are afraid to die for the course they are pursuing. “They love money rather than being the champions of the causes of the masses.’’ The PR guru advised human rights’ activists not to mortgage their future and those they were fighting for by receiving bribes if they still wanted to be relevant. “ If someone wants to be heroic and courageous the moment an envelope is placed before him, he is likely to shrink back.’’ According to Alabi, the Agbaakin Olubadan of Ibadanland, some of the human rights organisations are not really democratic anymore. “Rather, they have transformed themselves into non- governmental organisations (NGOs) with interests in moneymaking ventures for their own selfish ends under the slogan of ‘democracy and good governance. “All these attitudes are unhealthy for the profession. It makes the public to disrespect human rights’ activists as some of them would have lost focus of what they should be doing, “he said. He tasked them to uphold the ethics guiding the formation of their organisations and make integrity their utmost priority as defenders of public interests. Alabi speaking on his new book said that it would be a great source of inspiration for many who have the knack for excellence and were determined to achieve their set goals. He said that he decided to organise its launch in recent times because its c o n t e n t s w e r e relevant to the country’s current situation. Also, the country’s leadership could find solutions to the nation’s challenges by reading it, he said. Lekan Alabi is a journalist, author, PR consultant and a motivational speaker. He served as the chief press secretary to retired Maj.- Gen. Oladayo Popoola, retired Brig.-Gen. Adetunji Olurin and the late Brig.- Gen. Sasaenia Oresanya from 1984 to 1989. Alabi said he had, at age 17 years in 1967 and as a young secondary school student, written a personal letter to the then Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon over the continued detention of the then Mr, now Prof. Wole Soyinka.


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