Friends and Associates of the Former Minister for Sports and Youth Development, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, have announced the first Omoluabi Summit, an annual convergence, in commemoration of the international youth day celebration.
The Organizers in a statement by Seun Awogbenle, on Thursday, said the Omoluabi Summit is an opportunity for young people, aspiring leaders, and indeed every Nigerian, to celebrate the Omoluabi values, which have long been espoused as a personal, professional, and political philosophy by Politician, Author, and Journalist, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi.
According to the statement, Abdullahi, a former Minister for Youth and Sports in Nigeria, former Kwara Commissioner for Education, and the 2023 PDP Senatorial Candidate for Kwara Central, believes that our personal and collective choices as a people must be guided by a devotion to strong values, high moral standards, and character principles.
“It is in the effort to further institutionalise these ideals, that his associates, friends, and well-wishers have decided to commit the annual international youth day celebration, which is by sheer providence Abdullahi’s birthday, to celebrate these values and project them, as an inspiration for young people, aspiring leaders and indeed every Nigerian.” The statement said.
The statement recalled, that Abdullahi, had in his personal effort to institutionalise these ideals, committed his time to nurture, a new class of young leaders, through his Bolaji Abdullahi Mentorship Programme, Nigeria’s flagship leadership mentorship programme.
“We are convinced that, if imbibed, values such as honesty, nobility, courage, hardwork, humanity, endurance, dignity, trustworthiness, and above all solidarity and commitment to the collective and common good, can serve as the foundation for national rebirth and future development. And Bolaji Abdullahi has especially shown these examples in his personal, professional, and political life, either as a Commissioner, Minister, or Party Spokesperson.”
Awogbenle disclosed that the theme for this year’s event is Character as Leadership. He explained that the theme is “informed by the need to continuously highlight strong character as the most essential requirement for political leadership. This is especially corroborated, by the agelong expressions, that a good name is better than gold and that good character adorns one, which both explains why a good reputation is worth more than riches or affluence.”
Awogbenle added that at a time when Nigeria is preparing for the 2023 general election, character assessment must be a critical aspect of our evaluation, and it is for this reason that the Omoluabi Summit has decided to highlight the issue quite prominently at this year’s summit.
The event will hold on Friday, August 12, in Ilorin. Speakers and special guests for the event would be unveiled in the coming days, the statement added.