Learn how to say 'thank you', 'please', Obasanjo urges youths

Ogun state born elder statesman and ex President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has urged Nigerian youths on human security and the need to do the needful at the right time if they want to be good leaders in the future.

Chief Obasanjo said this at his Presidential Library, Abeokuta, at a youth empowerment programme organised by one of the arms of the library, Centre for Human Security.

The programme was organised in conjunction with UNESCO Institute for African Culture and International Understanding and Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers, Nigeria.

The programme attracted 400 pupils from 16 secondary schools across the South-West states, including Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, and Osun.

The theme of the programme was: “Empowering the youth for a sustainable future.”

The former President, who shared ‘The Obasanjo 20 golden rules for young leaders in the 21st Century’ with the pupils, urged them to become good leaders and “have respect for constituted authority and rule of law.”

Obasanjo, who was represented by the Director, Centre for Human Security, Prof. Peter Okebukola, advised the pupils to always set goals for themselves and be humble but not subservient.

He said, “Other golden rules that will help you to be good leaders are: Always set good examples for others, be a good team player, accept your mistakes and learn from it, have respect for time and treat everybody with respect, especially the elders.

“You must embrace philosophy of life and core values that are of high standards, which border on honesty, loyalty, hard work and obedience. You must be bold, courageous, and firm.

“You must think Nigeria and work for Nigeria’s unity, development and progress, and say ‘we’ instead of ‘I’, show care for public property, always remember to say ‘thank you’ and ‘please’, have the fear of God and be prayerful.”

He advised Nigerians to take human security seriously, adding that it had many components.

He said, “When you are hungry, that is food insecurity; when you are not okay; that is health insecurity, so we must take human security seriously.”


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