The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, has appealed to students across the country not to allow anyone to threaten the sovereignty of the country.
Irabor made this disclosure at the weekend while speaking during the commissioning of the newly renovated Students’ Union (SU) building of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife, Osun state.
The event was attended by the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Adebayo Bamire, SU President, Olayiwola Folahan and Speaker, Students’ Representatives Council, Ajadi Toheeb Babatunde.
Irabor, while speaking at the event which coincided with the 25th year remembrance of Ken Saro-Wiwa and unveiling of Ken Saro-Wiwa peace and leadership center insisted that the sovereignty of Nigeria must not be threatened.
He added that students have an important role to play in ensuring that the sovereignty of the country is not threatened.
He said that students across the country should be at the forefront of change in the country.
Irabor, while speaking further, said that students from various tertiary institutions in the country must be part of the work progress of the country.
He added that students should not see themselves as part of those who wished to threaten the sovereignty of the country.
He explained that students who want to be in leadership positions in the future should endeavour to embrace leadership skills while in the school.
“This great establishment made a great impact in my life and I did not shy away from telling my friends. The renovation is to give back to the institution that made an impact on us.
“The need to build leadership and capacity from institutions. The students should be at the forefront of change. The executive must have the mental capacity to lead themselves. Leadership is key. The renovation is the starting point to bring value into the way we do things.
“The sovereignty of our nation should not be threatened. You have a role to play in ensuring that the sovereignty of our nation is not under threat.
“We need you to be part of the work progress of this country. OAU is an establishment I own in high esteem.”
Bamire, while appreciating the gesture on behalf of students and staff of the institution, urged other alumni of the institution to remember their alma mata.
He said, “You have done us good and I am particularly happy. Alumni should try as much as possible to come back to the university because the government cannot do everything. On behalf of the council, the senate, principal officers, staff and students, we want to appreciate you.”
source: Daily Post