Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has said that the country’s youth will continue to revel in moral decadence and brigandage if the society decides to gloss over their delinquent behaviour and excesses.
He disclosed this in an interview with journalists after a truce meeting with the principals of seventeen secondary schools in Ibadan, who were in his office on Thursday, to apologise to him about the involvement of their students in the June 6 violent protest that rocked the city.
The governor added he has forgiven the principals, teachers and students of the schools which were indicted in the destruction of public property during the protest that trailed the new initiative of the government on participatory management of public secondary schools.
Members of the Ibadan Progressives Union, led by the President, Pastor Johnson Adeniji and Chairman, All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), Oyo State Branch, Pastor Ranti Obafunso, led the conciliatory meeting.
Ajimobi said, “The principals of the seventeen affected schools have come to apologise for the misdemeanor perpetrated by their students, I have forgiven them because to err is human and to forgive is divine.
“The government or I stand to gain nothing from the apology by the principals and students, but it’s our responsibility as parents and grandparents to make them realise the negative trends the actions would create if not nipped in the bud.”
“If we choose to remain silent over the delinquent behaviour and excesses of our youths today, the grave repercussions will come back to haunt us tomorrow. The children are still in their formative years and we need to let them know when they cross the line of decency and good behaviour.”
The governor expressed his gratitude to the IPU for what he called their elderly and praiseworthy intervention, which, he said, “facilitated the reconciliation.”
On his part, the ANCOPSS boss assured the governor and the mediators that such an ugly incident would not happen again. He promised the support of his members to the Oyo State government in its drive to revamp education in the state.
The IPU president further thanked the governor for accepting the apology tendered by the affected principals, which he said was a demonstration of his forgiving spirit.
He added that the governor’s gesture would further strengthen the relationship between government and the players in the education sector.
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