Nigeria Has Great Economic Potential, Says Dalai Lama

November 27th 2008

Lagos, Nigeria, 28 November 2008 (By Harrington Harmon, Business Day, Nigeria) - The spiritual head of the people of Tibet, the Dalai Lama, has extolled the potentials of Nigeria's economy, and praised the people for sustaining democracy and democratic governance.

He spoke yesterday while delivering a keynote address on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Emmanuel Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe Foundation at Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos.

On a larger scale, he said Africa is the root of all human beings, and a vast land having great potentials, but deplored the fact that there are a lot of sad things going on on the continent, including war and starvation. This increases the incidences of poverty, illiteracy, and HIV/AIDS, he said, stressing that all of this is morally wrong and have to stop. But he placed the onus squarely on Africans to make concerted efforts to fight these incidences.

He pointed out that one means of bridging the wealth gap between the rich and the poor is by developing mental self-confidence. Citing South Africa as a case in point, he said that after the political liberation from apartheid in that country, individuals have had to grapple with the issue of mental liberation because no individual can be economically liberated without first being mentally emancipated adding, one has to ward off inferiority complex.

Also, speaking about respect for life, he cautioned that while Africa's population increases it is important it grows at a level that the economy can sustain.

 

Latest News

The First of Two Introductory Talks on Buddhism at Upper TCV
May 28th 2015
Dharamsala, HP, India, 27 May 2015 - His Holiness the Dalai Lama was given a traditional Tibetan welcome when he arrived at the Upper Tibetan Children’s Village School this morning. A large group of female students sang a traditional welcoming song. As His Holiness walked from his car to the stage he greeted people in the crowd who caught his eye. Approximately 4500 students from TCV Schools and students at various universities were seated under an awning on the Upper TCV basketball court.

Meeting with Vietnamese CEOs
May 15th 2015

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Begins a Series of Teachings at Gyutö Tantric College
May 11th 2015

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Launches Local News App
May 9th 2015

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Expresses Sadness about Nepal Earthquake
April 26th 2015

Explore