Think Good. Do Good. Success Has No Tribe. Nigerians

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*_A LITTLE LESSON._* *During the Nigeria-Biafra* civil war, *many Igbo people fled* other parts of the country for the East because they were being wantonly massacred and the Federal Military Government did little about it. *Many abandoned their homes, property* and business for reasons safety. *One of those who fled,* was a young Igbo architect who had a young Yoruba banker as a neighbour in Apapa, Lagos. He also *abandoned his home* and with his family, fled for the East. However, the young Yoruba banker, while the war raged, *rented out his neighbour's house* and kept every kobo for him while he was in the East. In 1970, after the war had ended, the Igbo architect returned to Lagos and *the Yoruba banker handed over the entire proceeds* of the rent and also the house, to the Igbo architect. A few years later, *the Igbo architect became the Vice President* of Nigeria and the Yoruba banker established a commercial bank; the first of its kind by a private citizen in Nigeria. But *he could not get a license to begin* banking operations. Banking institutions stood against him. Then the banker remembered his neighbour *who was now the Vice President* of Nigeria He had tried to get an appointment to see the Vice in his office *but it was without success.* He and his wife then *decided to track him* to the Christ Church Cathedral, Marina, Lagos on a particular Sunday. In the Church *the security men would not allow them near* the Vice President. The couple then decided to sit by the pew close to the aisle *with the hope that the Vice President would see them* as he walked to the front row. Yet, he still didn't see them. After church service, *they believed he will see them* on his way out but people around him and the security men blocked them. That was when the banker's wife decided to take that feminine risk and *pulled the Vice President's attire* to get his attention. *The Vice President turned* and saw his old friend and his wife. *The young banker quickly narrated his plight* and told the Vice why he needed to see him. He told him about his application for a bank licence. “Don’t worry about tha,. *Just come tomorrow* the Vice President assured him. At 3.00 pm the next day, the *Finance Minister called the banker on telephone* that his licence was ready. End of story. That young banker was *Otunba Michael Olasubomi Balogun* while the architect in this narrative was *Dr. Alex Ekwueme.* the then Vice President of Nigeria. The bank is what is now known as *First City Monument Bank (FCMB).* See...! It is good to be good... Let's always show love and honesty to ourselves. Allow sincerity to be your logo. *Think good and do good unconditionally.*

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