Crescent varsity poised to unite Nigerians, says Bola Ajibola
Proprietor of Crescent University, Prince Bola Ajibola, says part of the vision of the university was to unite the North and South of the country so that in the future, students who had lived, schooled, worked and played together on campus would be able to live in peace and harmony in different parts of the country.
Ajibola made the remarks at the investiture of the Emir of Bauchi, Dr. Rilwanu Sulaiman Adamu, as the fourth pro-chancellor of the pioneer Islamic university in the country.
At the investiture, which was done during the ninth founder’s day lecture of the university, which also coincided with the 81st birthday of Ajibola, the former World Court judge restated that commitment to the character development of Nigerian youths remained an integral part of his vision.
In his lecture entitled, “Educational Challenges to Youths in the Modern World,” Head of Department of English, Riyadh Education Directorate, Saudi Arabia, Dr. Abdul Rahman Attamami, noted that what the society expects of the youths was much more than what was expected of those who had passed the stage.
Describing youths as the cornerstone of every society and leaders of tomorrow, Attamami maintained that, “The period of youth is the period of preparation, and as Muslims, the only way in which we can prepare for the challenges of life is by implementing and applying the Holy Qur’an and Sunnah of the prophet into our lives.”
Attamami, who urged community leaders to care for the youths, help in planning for their future and look forward to solving their problems, identified unemployment and ignorance as vices paving way for some extremist parties to abduct youths and use them for unlawful activities.
He condemned the rising spate of extremism, which has led un-informed youths to participate in radical activities organised by groups that do not represent Islam, adding that Islam, which is based on moderation, frowns at “both sides of extremism.”
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