Afenifere chieftains, Senators Femi Okurounmu, Mojisoluwa Akinfenwa and Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu, have expressed worry at the rate at which Yorubaland was fast losing its moral values.
They have thus called for its re-awakening among the leadership and the youth.
They made this known in Abeokuta on Thursday while giving perspectives on the topic: ‘Omoluabi principles: A call to return’, an event organised by a socio-cultural group, the Omoluabi.
In his remarks, Okurounmu noted that it was the lack of values that had led to the current reign of lack of integrity, dishonesty and bad leadership among others.
He said the youth needed to imbibe the moral values because they were expected to occupy leadership roles, arguing that the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo occupied a leadership position at a young age.
He lamented that the old generation of Nigerians were responsible for the situation the country had found itself..
He said, “I am happy that Nigerian youths are waking up. We need to go back to the those moral values which are in consonance with the ‘Omoluabi principles.’
“The future belongs to the youth, since some of us are already looking at the departure lounge. The late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, occupied leadership role while he was still young.
“The youth must imbibe moral values in order to give purposeful leadership.”
On his own part, Akinfenwa said leaders with moral values sought the general good of the people as opposed to that of a section or a group.
He frowned at the situation in which one percent of the population “are living in oasis of luxury while 99 percent are living in d wants.”
A professor of History, Banji Akintoye, said the ‘Omoluabi principles’ indicated that “you speak the truth and stand by it.”
He noted that moral values like integrity, patriotism, defense and love of one’s community, among others, would make any country great.
Ladigbolu commended the socio-cultural group led by Ladi Smith, adding that it was laudable that those in private sector were beginning to engage in national discuss for development.
He said those in leadership positions must always think about the collective good rather than parochial and selfish interest.
He said, “As parents, as leaders, we must always think about the legacy we would bequeath to our children and country.”
Others who spoke at the event were Chief Deji Osibogun, Kole Abe, Opeyemi Agbaje and Adekunle Osibogun.
The chairman of the group said it was formed this year, starting off as a Whatsapp group, with a shared passion for the advancement of the Yoruba nation.
He said the group would be organising another stakeholder talk shop in Oyo State, and other Southwest states later.
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