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“We don’t want leaders who will be criminals”
Founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD), Ekiti State, Aare Afe Babalola, has declared t
hat Nigerian leaders have failed to show good character and lay good examples to the younger generation.
The legal luminary spoke on Thursday after the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) President Ibukun Oluwole decorated him as the Grand Patron of the youth council.
“Those we look up to as of our leaders have failed us, most of the institutions that are also expected to train children in both character and learning have also failed us “In my opinion, those regarded as leaders are supposed to be role models who will impact the right type of leadership on the youth of this country
“This, to me has become necessary as no country can ever attain greatness if her youths are not well molded for the future, we must build our youth to greatness, and not the other way round because the country’s future depends on them.”
NYCN said it honoured Afe Babalola as a mark of appreciation for his philanthropy, love for education and positive disposition to matters affecting youth across Nigeria.
ABUAD founder said the inspiration behind his university was “to give Nigerian youths opportunity to acquire the best of education, learning and character”. He promised not to relent in his commitment to Nigerian youth development.
“ABUAD is training Nigerian youths that will be employer of labour”
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) said ABUAD, since inception, has provided the best launching pad for the nation’s youths to realize their dreams.
“Our universities should turn out graduates who are worthy in learning and character and change can only begin from our youths.
“We don’t want leaders who will be criminals; we don’t want youths who will be looking for jobs but youths who will be self-employed and employers of labour and that is our focus here in ABUAD.”
“ABUAD can be compared with the world best”
NYCN President Oluwole said ABUAD is Nigeria’s answer to globally-acclaimed universities like Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge and Yale..
He advised Nigerians not to send their wards overseas because Babalola had established a university that can be compared with the world’s best.
“ABUAD is a country within a state, we don’t need to go abroad to get experts. Just come over to ABUAD and get what you want. Aare Babalola is a role model for the Nigerians youths and that is why we have decided to make him our Grand Patron.
“In a country where so many people take their money abroad, Afe Babalola has invested in Nigeria. Policy formulation is not our problem in Nigeria but policy implementation. We are recommending ABUAD to the Federal Government about diversification of our economy “If they have (Nelson) Mandela in South Africa, we have Afe Babalola in Nigeria; if they have (Ronald) Reagan in America, we have Afe Babalola in Nigeria. By now, the name Afe Babalola should have entered the Guinness Book of Records.”
It’d be recalled that Malaysian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Lim Juay Jin, in May, 2016 described ABUAD as a new face of Nigerian education.
Babalola received the medal of patronship, a certificate of honour and a giant portrait amidst ovation by ABUAD principal officers, senior management staff and national executive members and state leaders of NYCN.
The honour bestowed on the ABUAD chancellor wasn’t the first major award to recognise his undiluted commitment to the promotion and sustainability of education in Nigeria. During his reign as the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, the academic promoter emerged as the Best Pro-chancellor of Nigerian Universities consecutively in 2005 and 2006.
He founded ABUAD in 2009 to promote Nigerian education. And within a shortest period, ABUAD College of Law has at different times been rated best in Nigeria, while in 2013, the university was ranked the second best private university in Nigeria.