A university don, Dr Lukman AbdurRaheem, at the weekend, warned Nigerian students to avoid five temptations if they must attain greatness in life.
AbdurRaheem, an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the American-University of Nigeria, Yola in Adamawa, gave the advice at the 13th graduation ceremony of the school held at the school premises in Odonsengolu, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.
According to him, many students, with brilliant future, got their careers mortgaged because of the quest for power, property, prestige, popularity and pomposity.
“ I want to warn you all against Five Temptations.
“According to President Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, greatness is not found in possessions, property, power, position, or prestige.
“Avoid being a victim of these temptations,” the don, who is also the Amir, President of The Muslim Congress (TMC) said in his presentation, titled “Growing roses on the rock”.
AbdurRaheem said people would not ordinarily expect roses to grow on rocks, because rocks by their nature are very hard and lack the water and nutrients required for growth.
He, therefore, commended the management of Vanguard Academy for bringing up the topic of discussion “at this point, when the country is suffering from the consequences of poor nurturing and grooming of our children.
“We all as Nigerians are tasting the bitter pills of poorly nurtured children that have grown to become insurgents, militants, cultists, kidnappers, armed robbers, conflict agents and corrupt public officers.
“A few weeks ago, a large number of Shite protesters and miscreants stormed Abuja with violent protest leading to loss of lives and destruction of public property.
“The aftermath of that incident is well known to us. We are fast losing the society to criminals and people with perverted upbringing”.
The Renaissance reports that no fewer than 62 students graduated from the school, making the total number of her graduates to 702 since inception in 2007 when it graduated its first set of 13 students.