Special Congratulations to Comrade Austin Osakue
In one of his teachings by the Holy Ganges of India, the Buddha instructed that mankind should learn from the rivers in clefts and crevices; those in small channels flow noisily, the great flow silently and stealthily. Whatever is not full makes noise but the full is quiet.
The recent election of the rights activist and Executive Director, Foundation for Good Governance and Social Change, Comrade Austin Osakue, as President of the African Forum for Advocacy and Citizens Engagement (AFACE), in Rwanda, bears testament to these visual metaphors.
Comrade Austin Osakue, the calm and calculative activist, has continued his quest for societal advancement at the vanguard of human rights advocacy, social development and good governance. This unique figure who has been described by many as a repertoire of knowledge, for all his learning, talents and skills in social advancement, remains a figure of simplicity.
Like famously posited by Alexander Pope, shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, but drinking largely sobers us again. The amount of information at the disposal of Comrade Austin Osakue, and his enthusiasm to impart and impact society with such enlightening perceptions and world view, convincingly portray him as one who has drunk deeply in the Pierian Spring.
His fellow comrades must have had a glimpse and grasp of this fundamental truth to hand him the leadership mandate. Like Polaris, the pole star, Comrade Austin Osakue has become a beacon of direction in a world lacking in social justice.
As an elephant in the battlefield withstands arrows shot from bows all around, Comrade Osakue has not only had a fair share and endured the negative slings of his commitment to social change and advocacy, but has also awakened the consciousness of all those who have come across his path on one’s social responsibility to humanity. And like the Bhuddha wrote, “whatever precious jewel there is in the heavenly worlds, there is nothing comparable to one who is awakened”.
Simplicity, patience and compassion, Lao Tzu believes, remain our greatest treasures, and that by being simple in actions and thoughts, one returns to the source of one’s being. This the good Comrade has got in spades.
I heartily congratulate you, Comrade Austin Osakue, on this new position which I believe is another God-given avenue to impact humanity on a continental scale. May your tenure be blessed and fulfilling.