By Phil Okose, Onitsha
The vice-presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDPI in the 2019 presidential election, Mr. Peter Obi, over the weekend urged Nigerian youths to always seek out and support right leadership, which he described as the key to development.
The former Anambra governor gave the advice to over 2000 youths at the close of one-week 2019 Boot Camp at Government Technical Secondary School, Awka, where the youths learnt different skills that included confectionery, automobile, designing, furniture, wiring, solar installation, among others.
He, however, lamented the progressive degeneration of leadership in Nigeria which, according to him, has resulted in the backwardness the country has been consistently witnessing, charging the youths to become agents of positive change in the society.
Recalling those that started WhatsApp, Google, Facebook and most social platforms, Obi said they did so in their youth and appealed to Nigerian youths to look inwards and take every bit of their training, including the on-going experience in Boot Camping, seriously.
Obi described as “disheartening”, when youths, the future of the society, rather than embrace enabling values, take, as role models, men whose only credential are the acquisition of high-sounding names and trouble making.
Obi encouraged the youth to look up to people like Chimamada Adichie, as models.
“They may not have money; but they have things that are priceless, far more valuable than money”, Obi said.
Speaking further, Obi said to the youth: “Those that changed the world were like you, ordinary people. The founder of Apples, Steve Jobs, was picked from motherless babies’ home, Gucci used to be a hotel porter at Ritz Hotel, France. You should strive to understand the background of successes and know factors that made it for them. Youth is not a time to smoke, sag one’s trousers and embrace all manner of vices, but a time to chart positive course for one’s trajectory in life.”
One of the facilitators of the programme, Hon. Larry Oranezi, said the desire to get Obi to speak to the youths was borne out of his shining examples in leadership, humility, manners, morals and other aspects of life.
One of the participants at the event, Nwenyi Adachukwu, while giving the vote of thanks, thanked Mr. Peter Obi for his soothing words. He said Obi’s speech was a renewal of the youths’ belief in themselves.
By Phil Okose, Onitsha