By Stephen Gbadamosi
A Chieftain of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Olufemi Ajadi Oguntoyinbo, has admonished Nigerian youths to shun social vices, such as drug addiction, internet fraud and falling into the pit of getting rich-quick through diabolical means, adding that hard work pays, just as he also pledged his support to the moral development of Nigerian youths.
He said he was committed to the development of youths’ characters, “so that when they become adults, they will become good citizens.”
Oguntotinbo, NNPP’s governorship candidate in the March 2023 election in Ogun State, made this remark while receiving a prestigious honour of patron bestowed on him by members of the Scout Association of Nigeria (SAN), Ogun State Chapter, in Abeokuta, te state capital.
While he cautioned youths against social vices, he added that hard work paid; and he expressed gratitude to Scout for the recognition, pledging his unwavering support to the association.
He said he passionately shared the association’s vision of character development among young people, especially in the face of pressing challenges like cultism, cybercrimes, kidnapping, terrorism and societal values erosion.
He described philanthropy as an integral part of his life and assured all present at the occasion of the significant impact he aimed to bring to the organisation.
“I want to assure you that my coming on board will bring total difference. There will be a special positive impact by the Grace of God,” he said.
The SAN, which has its roots dating back to 1915, holds a significant place in Nigeria’s history; and it became a member of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement in 1961.
This global scouting movement is dedicated to nurturing the physical, mental and spiritual development of young individuals to empower them to take constructive roles in society.
Speaking at the occasion, a former Assistant Chief Commissioner on Diversity and Inclusion of Scout Association of Nigeria, Apostle Adenekan, who led the proceedings, expressed his congratulations and a warm welcome to Comrade Oguntoyinbo into the Scout association.
He highlighted the association’s commitment to gender equality, leading to the transformation from “Boys Scout of Nigeria to the more inclusive Scout Association of Nigeria.”