Touching Lives Positively will always be my Priority- Dr. Tunji Rhema Moyero Dr. Tunji Rhema Moyero, born over 4 decades ago in Ore, Odigbo Local
Touching Lives Positively will always be my Priority- Dr. Tunji Rhema Moyero
Dr. Tunji Rhema Moyero, born over 4 decades ago in Ore, Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State is the Founder of Tunji Rhema Foundation and the Convener of The Lanterns Leadership International. He is a Politician and Philanthropist.
In this interview with the Chronicle, the Award winner talks about politics, humanitarian activities and other important issues.
Can you tell us more about yourself?
I’m the Chief Executive Officer of Standites Nigeria Limited, a Real Estate, Engineering & Construction Company with its head office situated in Abuja, Nigeria. The Proprietor of The Lanterns International School. I’m a leadership trainer, author, environmentalist, politician with a difference, entrepreneur and a social reformer.
Can you shed more light on your background and your growing up?
I was raised just like every other average Nigerian child; my parents instilled in me the values of hardwork, honesty, perseverance, and most importantly, to leave appreciable impacts on my society as a reflection of myself. All these formed the foundation of who I am today.
I was born in Ore, Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State. I attended Esther Kawe Nursery and Primary School, Okitipupa before proceeding to Ola Oluwa College, Iju-Akure.
While in school, I was known for my leadership role and exceptional academic excellence. I represented my school in various local and national competitions with lots of Awards and Honours. Such competitions include: Cowbell Competition, Mathematical Competition, JETS Competition, Penmanship Competition, the Ondo State Essay Writing Competition among others.
Remarkably, I was awarded scholarship as a result of my outstanding performance in Federal Junior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (JSSCE) where I had distinctions in all the 13 offered subjects including French.
Growing up, I didn’t enjoy that luxury associated with children even though I’m not from a poor family. I had a father who happened to be a disciplinarian and he believed solely in hardwork. I farmed with my parent and they taught me a lot about life. My Dad didn’t joke with our education. All these have shaped who I am today.
At what point did you decide to be a politician and why?
I joined politics actively in 2017, before then I’ve always contributed my quota towards political and societal development in and outside Ondo State. I noticed people’s wrong perception that politics is a dirty game, therefore not meant for good people.
However, I am of the strong opinion that the good people among us should not be deterred by this notion. In fact, I believe the perception is a ploy to scare the good ones away from the political stage.
Through my NGO, the Tunji Rhema Foundation and by the help of God, I’ve been able to provide leadership trainings to Nigerian teeming youth and also offered some humanitarian interventions to the vulnerable people across Nigeria. Thousands of lives have been impacted in the process. So, I believe politics can help me to touch more lives positively and provide direction in governance to the benefits of all and sundry.
Basically, I joined politics to make a huge difference and my track records as an individual attest to that fact.
Tell us the day you will never forget in your life favourably and unfavorably?
Unfavourably, it was the day my late Dad was buried. It is not easy to share without the pain. In all, I give God all the glory.
You are known for various humanitarian activities.. what is the secret?
God has been the secret. He has sustained and preserved my life to be able to give back to my community, and to impact my world in order to make it better. I consider this as a huge privilege from God because there are other people too who are willing but are not able.
Like I earlier said, I grew up in a family where love for humanity is a culture, also couple with my stand and firm belief in love and the Kingdom principle, this should not come as a surprise.
Your appeal to Nigerians as we are experiencing hardship courtesy of the petrol subsidy removal?
I want to appeal for patience from Nigerians who are being affected by the removal of fuel subsidy.
It’s a difficult situation no doubt, but I believe President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will take Nigeria out of this unbearable economic situation that we are in. Like a mother in labour, the joy will flow. Though, the pain is here but the gain will come eventually.