Bangladesh High Commissioner (HC) to Nigeria Masudur Rahman has said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman voiced a strong support for the oppressed and peace-loving people of Africa and beyond.
Bangabandhu was not only the architect of independence of Bangladesh but also a strong voice against the oppression of peace-loving Africans, he said.The HC made the remark while addressing a seminar titled “Bangabandhu and Bangladesh: Vision for Peace and Development” organised by Bangladesh High Commission in Nigeria at Baze University in Abuja on Thursday, marking the birth centenary of Bangabandhu.
The seminar focused on Bangabandhu’s historic and visionary role in the emergence of Bangladesh and its constitution, while delving into his peace centric agenda for development.
Prof Dr Tahir Mamman, vice-chancellor of Baze University, HC Masudur Rahman, and Dr Mani Ibrahim Ahmad, registrar of the university, were the discussants in the seminar.
The HC paid rich tribute to Bangabandhu and highlighted his visionary and charismatic leadership to achieve independence of the country.
He also delved into the details, focusing on the significant movements from 1947 to 1971 until Bangladesh became Independent, as well as the guiding principles of Constitution of Bangladesh.
Masudur Rahman highlighted the glorious moment of the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation coinciding with the 50th anniversary of independence of Bangladesh.‘Friendship to all, malice towards none’ was the masterstroke of Bangabandhu’s foreign policy, he said.
The HC also gave an elaborate presentation of the socio-economic transformation Bangladesh made under the able leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the way to realising the self-reliant ‘Golden Bengal’ as dreamed by Bangabandhu.
Highlighting the strong fiscal policy, stable macro-economic policy, steady economic growth and ongoing mega development projects of the country, he apprised that Bangladesh’s development journey is a glowing example in Asia during the Covid-19 pandemic.
About Bangladesh-Nigeria bilateral relations, Masudur Rahman expressed hope to elevate the two way relations to a new height.
Bangladesh High Commission in Abuja would continue to draw up public diplomacy to connect two peoples of the two friendly countries in the coming days, he added.
In his speech, Prof Dr Tahir Mamman extended heartiest congratulations to Bangladesh on the occasion of ‘Mujib Year’ and ‘the Golden Jubilee of Independence’, while informing that Baze University will continue to collaborate with Bangladesh High Commission in Abuja to celebrate these two events.
He praised the role of Bangabandhu in historic and visionary leadership to lead Bangladesh in its Liberation War to victory, while focusing on Bangabandhu's role and contributions to peace and development worldwide including in Africa.
The VC expressed hope that Nigeria will strive to deepen collaboration with Bangladesh in a wide areas of mutual interest, including education.
Highlighting the commonalities between the two countries, Dr Mani Ibrahim mentioned that both countries could explore new areas of avenues in cementing the people-to-people contact between the countries.
He wished for the success of ‘Mujib Year’ and the ‘Golden Jubilee of Independence’. During the question-answer session, professors and students expressed their keenness about Bangabandhu and Bangladesh. A documentary on the historic 7 March speech of Bangabandhu was screened.