Former Governor Rauf Aregbesola

Former Governor of the State of Osun has advocated for leadership at the nuclear family level as the solution to the societal challenges we face as a nation.

Aregbesola spoke on Saturday at the seventh edition of the Youth Leadership Summit organised by the Student Union Government of the University of Ilorin.

The summit had the theme: ” Team Struggle to Attain Justice.”

He described effective leadership at the family unit as the most strategic tool for shaping societies.

Aregbesola advised that leadership at the apex Level from the President to Governors, legislators and chairmen of councils must be complemented by sound leadership at the family level.

At the family level, “character, values, ethics and morality are taught and impacted on the children of the house for us to robustly rally our people towards a prosperous and productive Nation’.

According to him, if the head of the nuclear family discharges his responsibilities effectively, the country will certainly surmount its social challenges.

He described leadership as the ability to mobilise, motivate and encourage people to do what is good and right and charged Nigerians to be fair and just in their relationships and dealings so as to build a humane, prosperous and peaceful nation.

In his address of welcome, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, said the summit was to train and widen the horizon of talented, energetic and entrepreneurial youths to take over from the older generations.

Abdulkareem stated that at the growth rate of 3.2 percent, Nigeria’s population was projected to hit 289 million by 2050, with more than 60 percent of this expected to be youths.

He said the country faces a dire future without genuine integrated economic policies that would empower young people and initiate sustained jobs creation plan in preparation for the demographic overshoot.

The vice-chancellor said that the projected population growth could either pose a major challenge for Nigeria or a major opportunity.

He said the nation should be willing to unlock this demographic dividend by empowering the youths to play constructive, unifying and innovative roles in the country’s development process.

Abdulkareem, however, warned the youths against violence in the quest to fight oppression, but focus on the weaponry of the mind which include education.

He also advised them to shun frivolities, saying the business of leadership was serious and required adequate attention to matters of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a journal, “The Erudite,” was launched in honour of Aregbesola at the occasion.

Personalities honoured at the summit include the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and a Health Specialist with the World Bank, Dr Michael Olugbile.