Peter Obi, the Labour Party presidential candidate, has advised Nigerian students to take their education more seriously, stating that strong education, when combined with the correct attitude and demeanour, will open many doors of opportunity for them in life.
Obi made the remarks during the Nigerian Book Foundation’s three-year commemoration of author and former traditional head of Ndikelionwu, His Majesty Prof. Chukwuemeka Ike.
He emphasised to the pupils that it is education, not money, that will make them successful in life.
He stated that the best inheritance he received from his parents was education.
In recounting his life journey, Obi recalled how, as a young student, he met and was inspired by many educational champions.
He recalled that as a young student, he encountered great men like the Late Igbo leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu; former President Yakubu Gowon; Nigerian Cardinal of the Catholic Church, Francis Cardinal Arinze at various times.
He said, “By receiving good education, I was able to climb up the ladder of success and become what I am today. As a governor, I was pleased to meet all of these men again and work with them closely. That is how far education can take you in life.”
In welcoming and appreciating Obi for addressing the students, the co-President of the Nigerian Book Foundation, Prof. Stella Okunna, described Obi as a great lover of education.
Okunna recalled how under Obi’s administration, Anambra State moved from 26th to the first position in WAEC and NECO.
She revealed that it was Obi who instituted the Nigerian Book Foundation to help young students, stating that it was Obi who built the Kenneth Dike State Library where the event was held.
The traditional ruler of the Obosi community and co-host of the event, His Majesty Igwe Chidubem Iweka III, explained that Obi’s presence at the event was out of the love he has for education.
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