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NYCN Confers Ahmadu Bello Platinum Award on Afe Babalola

By Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti

 

Founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Aare Afe Babalola, has been conferred with the Sir Ahmadu Bello Platinum Award as the ‘The Icon of Greater Nigeria’ and  Garkuwan Matasan Arewa Najeriya by the Northern Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN).

Leader of the youth group, Mr. Steven Bidemi, said the honour was in recognition of Babalola’s contributions to humanity and the unity of the Nigerian nation.

Bidemi, who spoke in Ado Ekiti during conferment of the award on the elder statesman and ABUAD founder, described Babalola as “a symbol of a true Nigeria where unity, love, integrity compassion and brotherhood take a sit at the high table. He is a true representation of Sardauna’s philosophy, which is about religious and ethnic tolerance”.

The NYCN leader said: “At a time when Nigerian youth are facing relegation from the scheme of things, Babalola continued to exhibit youth-friendly vision which gave us a renewed hope as leaders of tomorrow.

“To the teeming population of youths, especially those of Northern extraction, Aare Afe Babalola is not just a mentor and role model, but a personality with integrity and unique hallmark, which will for a very long time define the phrase “light at the end of the tunnel,” the youth said.

The ABUAD founder, who appreciated the group for the honour and its vision, charged them and other youths generally not to relent in championing the cause of a united Nigeria.

Babalola regretted how Nigerians were dying to leadership failure, particularly the civil servants and pensioners due to non-payment of their entitlements, saying: “Many pensioners have died having been owed several years of pension arrears. Even those in the service are being owed seven or eight months salary arrears, so just like I said earlier, our leaders have turned us into beggars”.

Talking about the vision of his university, which is to build the

youth into a reliable future leaders, the ABUAD founder told the group that many of the rich men in the Northern part of Nigeria have financial wherewithal to establish such fast-growing university.

“There are many rich people in Nigeria who can establish this kind of university with the vision to bring quality education as well as moral and cultural values to the doorstep of Nigerians.

“If we have this kind of university in each of the six geopolitical zones or every state , Nigeria will change for better.

“Go to the North and propagate the ideals which my university stands for. Nigeria must be united at all cost for us to make a headway and overcome all our challenges”, Babalola stated.

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