Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd), at the weekend, said the consequences of not putting Nigerian youths on the right path would be too hard for the country to bear.
He, therefore, called on leaders, parents and guardians to rise up to various issues of moral decadence in the country.
Speaking at the 25th Anniversary of the Scripture Union (NIG), Abuja Area, and the presentation of a Book; Acts Of The Pilgrims, Gowon express fear that the future of the country may be gloomy if “we do not rise up” to the issues.
“May I challenge every participant and invited guest here that today’s celebration calls us into deep reflection of our lost Godly values and virtues, particularly, as christian men and women, and seek to recover them.
“This occasion must therefore compel us to reflect deeply on the state of the nation, particularly the issues relating to moral decadence, sexual perversion, restiveness, precarious security challenges and corruption.
“We must rise up to deal with various issues of moral burdens in our educational institutions and labour to arrest the tide through massive prayer campaign and action.
“If we do not arise to bring our youths into the path of rectitude, then their future will appear gloomy, and, therefore, we cannot build a virile nation of trust, integrity and good governance,” he said.
Gowon also extolled the contributions of the SU to the course of humanity. “I can testify that SU as is popularly called has stood the test of time for several decades, and in particular Nigeria, in the pursuit of rugged evangelism and christian perfection.
“I am indeed proud to identify with the work of the Scripture Union as it has proved to be a strong evangelistic force on our University campuses, across various institutions and has actively provided the spiritual foundation and needs of our Nigerian Christian youths with significant proofs.
“Many of you seated here today can testify to the immense impact and influence of the SU upon your lives in your respective campuses and institutions as young christian students.
“I have no doubt that the purposeful and strategic influence of Scripture Union will continue to impact the church and our nation.”
Speaking on the Book: ‘Acts of the Pilgrims’ to mark the Jubilee Anniversary, Gowon described the book as an appetizer that will make the people to seek for more through God.