Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday told youths in the country not to allow anybody to tell them that they are leaders of tomorrow, warning, “you are leaders today.”
He urged them to be ambassadors for change and to also drive the movement for freedom and justice in the country.
He advised them to remain resilient in the fight for educational equity, not relenting on the strides of deploying solutions to tackling the myriads of problems confronting the nation’s education system.
“Please do not let anybody tell you that you are leaders of tomorrow, you are leaders today,” Obasanjo said.
The former president spoke in Lagos at the virtual 2020 Fellowship Graduation Ceremony of the second cohort of ‘Teach for Nigeria Fellows.’
He noted that in Nigeria today, over 14 million children that should be in school are not in school, and are thereby deprived of education.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ‘Teach For Nigeria,’ an NGO, graduated 161 fellows who had impacted approximately 9,660 students in 80 schools across Lagos, Ogun, and Kaduna states.
‘Teach For Nigeria’ focuses on developing a movement of leaders across Nigeria who are committed to putting an end to educational inequity.
In his speech, Obasanjo said the 14 million out-of-school children “are deprived of opportunities that will allow them to develop their abilities and become useful to themselves and their communities.
“It is evident that at this point, to transform our education system in a sustainable way, Nigerian youths must take up leadership positions.”
According to him, Nigerian youths must champion different innovative solutions at every level of the society and across different sectors.
“It is inspiring to see the work that ‘Teach For Nigeria’ is doing to equip promising future leaders with the skills and experience to drive the change that we need,” the former president said.
He added that the leaders had dedicated their time, energy and resources to inspire love for learning, improved educational outcomes, and enhanced life opportunities for children in the classrooms.