Prof. Taiwo Makinde of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun, on Monday warned youths against getting rich through dubious and diabolical means.
Makinde, a professor of Public Administration, spoke while delivering a lecture at the valedictory service of Bethel American International School (BAIS) in Fiditi area of Oyo State.
The don, whose lecture was entitled entitled “Your Next Step, ” said that the prevalent rate at which youths crave to get rich through dubious and diabolical means was alarming.
She said many had become mentally challenged as a result of engaging in unholy means to get rich.
“Some youths now engage in ungodly activities such as ritual killings and sleeping in the graveyard all in the name of getting rich at all cost.
“Some even involve themselves in various scams and fraud. Please, please and please, be focused, work hard and wait for God’s destined time,” she said.
She also called on the students to make their past a guide to their future, saying that their preparedness would reflect in their disposition to life.
For anyone to succeed, she said they must know their purpose in life which involves both the physical and spiritual.
“You have all taken the step required of you and the school has also prepared you for your next step,’’ she added.
Makinde also urged the students not to copy others in making career choices, adding that their future would be guided by the will of God.
She cited examples of graduates who were presently not working with their certificates like the lawyer-turned actress, Funke Akindele, and Femi Adebayo, another lawyer-turned actor.
” It is always an advantage to have a university degree though even when you choose not to practice such,” she said.
Makinde also cautioned parents to stop forcing careers on their children, adding that this was dangerous and could make the child end up being frustrated in the process.
She stressed that it was important for parents to respect the interest of the child and encourage them for who they were.
“Forcing a choice of career on them in most cases had resulted in the children roaming the streets because they can’t get admitted into the university for the courses chosen for them.
“It also sometimes reflect on their performances in the university. Parents should guide and encourage their children on whatever they have passion for from childhood,” she said.