By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
President Muhammadu Buhari has advised unemployed Nigerian graduates to shun corruption in its entirety in the process of job-seeking and general living.
Although President Buhari admitted that living conditions in the country are not yet optimal and at par with developed countries, he warned graduate-job seekers to be wary of corrupt tendencies while seeking jobs.
President Buhari gave the charge at the weekend while speaking at the conferment ceremony of Honorary Doctoral Degrees to four prominent Nigerians as part of activities marking the 41st Convocation of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
Buhari, who was represented by the Executive Secretary of the National University Commission (NUC), Prof Julius Okogie said the level of unemployment is high in the country assuring unemployed graduates that the issue is the top priority of his administration.
To the fresh graduates of OAU, President Buhari said: “as representatives of your alma mater, OAU, you have a lot to contribute to making this country a place worth living and reducing the brain drain that has plagued us for many years in the past.
The president added that “a major point of concern is the need to redeem our image in the commity of nations by a complete eradication of the hydra-headed monster of corruption that has lived among us for several years.
“At present, efforts are on-going and at top gear to recover national treasures that have been looted by various individuals and bodies in the past. I urge you, and very strongly too, to shun corruption in its entirety in the process of job-seeking and general living.
“Although living conditions in Nigeria are not yet optimal and at par with developed countries, we are assiduously working towards it and will get there with the cooperation of all and sundry.
“Embracing corruption will only take us baackwards, soil our good name and destroy our common heritage. I want to believe that I can count on you to individually and collectively improve the image of the country by being worthy ambassadors of your families and of this great and noble institution.”
The president said his administration is bringing on board several entrepreneurship initiatives that will create an enabling environment for job creators to not only thrive, but excel.
“Promotion of local products, encouragement of exports markets, tapping of indigenous raw materials, etc, are some of the avenues for this to operate. As fresh graduates with multitude of invigorating ideas, you are encouraged to forward your proposals under the appropriate parastatals and agencies,” Buhari further informed the graduates.
On security, which has been a major source of challenge to the country, President Buhari said he is determined that insurgency in the country will be a thing of the past in very near future.
Also speaking at the ceremony that witnessed large number of academics and traditional rulers like the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi among other traditional rulers, is the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar who was recently appointed the Chancellor of the university.
The traditional ruler who was conferred with Doctor of Letters (D.Litt), Honorary Casua alongside three others lauded the anti-corruption war of the federal government saying its a mean of tackling the scourge of indiscipline and corruption which had driven the country to the brink of oblivion.
Other personalities who were conferred with the Honorary Doctoral Degrees are the former Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina as Doctor of Science (D.Sc), Professor Jacob Kehinde Olupona as Doctor of Letters and Chief Oyekunle Alex Duduyemi as Doctor of Business Management (DBM).