By Balarabe Oshiafi
A group loyal to Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Osinbajo Grassroots Organization, (OGO), has called on younger Nigerians, particularly students, to have the faith in the future of the nation by embracing the virtues of patriotism and loyalty.
National Convener of the group, Mr. Sylvanus Foluso Ojo, gave this charge on Wednesday while addressing students of Government Secondary School, Gurku Mararaba in Nasarawa State.
The OGO was in the school to interact with the students towards inspiring them on patriotism and loyalty as part of Nigeria’s 62nd Independence anniversary.
Ojo noted that the greatness of Nigeria will be realistic only when the citizens do not stand aloof from contributing their quotas to the development of the nation.
“All other developed countries of the world have had their fair share of developmental challenges which our nation is faced with today. If their citizens stood aloof or had lost faith in their countries, there would have been no one to build these nations to which we now struggle to relocate today.
“We also owe it a duty to believe in the future of this country by being patriotic and loyal to its cause in order to build one nation that everyone will be proud of,” he said.
The OGO leader restated the vision of the group towards promoting the ideals of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as exemplified in loyalty, professionalism, patriotism, strong character, national unity, tolerance and selfless service, among others.
“We owe it a duty to you, and generations coming after you, to restate, like the Vice President has always admonished, that the weight of this country rests upon your shoulders.
“Whatever you experience about this nation today, will one day be resolved if you continue to believe in yourself and believe in this nation,” Ojo noted.
Speaking earlier, a member of the delegation, Mr. Remi Adebayo also admonished the students not to wait until they become old before taking responsibility for the good of the nation.
“Let me remind you, that corruption, a deadly virus that gives birth to most diseases confronting nations, particularly ours, is not only limited to adults and it is not about stealing money alone.
“A student who cheats to pass exams is corrupt, and he or she will likely steal from the nation in the future; a student that joins cultism is corrupt, and will likely become violent tomorrow; a young person that violates traffic law or fights is dangerous to his relationship, others and the community. So, please know, that you are not exempted if this country must be greater.
“At 62, Prof Osinbajo is telling you to trust Nigeria, and he asks you to support your leaders, including your parents, siblings, teachers, friends and others to do only the right things by obeying the law and respect our nation,” Adebayo said.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of N50,000 cash support to Paul Abang, an SSS 3 student who won financial prize when the group visited same school in 2021.
Similarly, the Head Boy of the school, Pita Philip also went home with a N50,000 donation from the group for his brilliant definition of “Patriotism” and, was similarly adopted as an ambassador of the group in the school.
Meanwhile, Maryam Zubairu, an SS1 student was also rewarded with N20,000 for her courageous effort in attempting the question.
The OGO also distributed the Nigerian flags to every student as emblem of patriotic reminder and respect to the nation during the visit.
In her reaction, the visibly excited principal of the school, Mrs. Gladys Naphtali commended the group for taking the message to the school and her students at the right time.