Peoples Democratic Party’s 2019 Vice-Presidential Candidate, of Mr. Peter Obi, has lamented the progressive degeneration of leadership in Nigeria, which, according to him, has resulted to the backwardness the country has been consistently witnessing.
Speaking to over 2,000 youths at the close of the one-week 2019 Boot Camp at Government Technical Secondary School, Awka, where the youth learnt different skills – as well as listened to selected speakers, Obi advised youths to always support right leadership, which he described as the key to development.
He also charged the youths to become agents of positive change in the society, recalling that those who started Whatapp, Google, Facebook and most social platforms did so in their youth.
He appealed to Nigerian youths to look inwards and take every bit of their training, including the on-going experience in Boot Camping, seriously.
The former Anambra State Governor described as “disheartening”, when the youth, the future of the society, rather than embrace ennobling values take men whose only credential is the acquisition of high-sounding names and causing trouble as role models.
He 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 in 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 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.”
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