ADO-EKITI – Worried by youth involvement in crime and immorality, Ekiti youth have launched a comprehensive campaign for the reawaking of positive values in society.

Led by Tosin Ajibare, founder of the Movement for the Development of Youths and Children, the campaign is geared towards halting negative tendencies among their peers.

The campaign, which is jointly organized by other youth groups in Ekiti State tagged Patriot Group (PG), noted that it was imperative to deal with the issue of moral deficiency if the nation is to move forward.

Youths from both formal and informal sectors have been enlisted into the campaign.

The campaign was kick started in Ekiti State University (EKSU) and was taken to other tertiary institutions in the state.

Briefing journalists, Ajibare said youth leaders in the various Local Governments areas in the state have taken up the task.

“As a people when one looks at all the happenings in the country, the regress, the rise in crimes, political and domestic violence, the level of corruption across board both private and public, ritual killings, fraudulent acts and the height of greed across corridors of power. One will realize that our matter is beyond shifting blames or making excuses.”

In his speech, Oluwalana Daniel, a 200level student of Faculty of Law, Ekiti State University, advocated the need for religious institutions to teach and encourage moral uprightness, not just by way of mouth but also by matching deeds with actions.

“You cannot be condemning fraud and corruption and be exalting fraudulent and corrupt people on the basis of being rich, it doesn’t tally,” he said. He also stated that it was high time educational institutions added the teaching of moral education to their curriculum.

Another student leader, Comrade Olanrewaju Ojuoluwa, who is the secretary to the Joint Council Of Ekiti Youths, said it was important that the nation looked at value reorientation as a solution to the numerous problems plaguing it.

He tasked the National Orientation Agency to combat the issue of moral deficiency and make it a task to teach people “to be good, to be Kind, to be hardworking, to be dutiful, to be honest in our dealings, to eschew greed, to avoid self-centeredness and most especially, to be patriots.”

However, Ajibare stated that, “At no time do we have as much security agencies tackling every kind of crime, yet every form of negativity is still ballooning off the charts. This points to the fact that there is something inherently lost amongst the people and that thing is nothing other than positive values.”

He said Ekiti youth were now aware that it was only a good people that could build a better nation and that the loss of morals has cost the state dearly “and as such we are ready to work hard to change the present narratives.

Ekiti should be developed more than this, those who knew us as far back as the days of the Western Region and the Old Ondo State can attest to our brilliance, ability and honesty.

Ekiti people were known for their impeccable character and unyieldingness when it comes to fraudulent deeds and as such we were progressing but over the years our values, heritage and legacy have become eroded.”

He also pointed out that the issue of moral deficiency was not just a youth problem but a general problem that manifests itself in all citizens, “which is why our campaign is not just about youth but about the populace as a whole, it is not a youth campaign but a youth driven campaign and we will be taking our message across board, into every nook and corner, into every sector, from the schools to the market, from the civil service sector to the artisans, from talking about exam malpractices and internet fraud to dishonest scales, from corrupt practices to fraudulent and deceptive attitude.

“It is our goal that our people become better, it is our goal that our people embrace honesty in all their dealings, it is our goal that our people eschew greed and avoid self-centeredness,” he stated.

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