Stop celebrating criminality, mediocrity, Obi tells students
A former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, has advised students of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka to stop celebrating criminality and mediocrity. He said this during a special service organized by the proprietors and students of Holy Family Centre to appreciate the former Governor for his positive services to humanity, especially his contributions to the advancement of education.
Speaking to students after the mass, Obi who frowned that in Nigeria, goodness, merit, and excellence are despised, while idiots and mediocre are elevated, advised students not to be part of what he called “Misplacement of values.” He said that for students to make it in life, they should always look for those with sterling character to look up to as role models.
Speaking further, he encouraged students to always learn to live decently and take their academics seriously. He called on them to always bear in mind that the world is today driven by knowledge economy over other things. “The bearers of this knowledge economy are those who can midwife their ideas into workable realities”, he said.
The community leader, Reverend Dominic Obielosi thanked the former Gov. for his continued contributions to the growth of education not just in Anambra, but also in Nigeria. He advised him not to relent and to remain a role model to the youth in fact and in name.
Also speaking, one of the students, Vincent Ekemezie said that students came out en masse because it was a delight listening to Obi each time he spoke.
He said he was personally fascinated about his life, when it was reported that he was the only Governor that left office after clearing arrears of pension and gratuity he met and at the same time did not owe salaries and contractors and capped it up by leaving over N75 billion in the state treasury, when other governors left debts. He prayed that God will reward him abundantly.