SEUN SHOTUNDE, Abeokuta
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday charged parents to always caution their children over indecent dressing that may endanger their lives in future.
Obasanjo, who appreciated parents efforts in sending their wards to schools to obtain quality education, said that their education would not be complete until they had been taught to dress decently.
The former president stated this at the Graduation Ceremony/Award Presentation to 96 graduands of Lyceum Foundation Group of Schools held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The theme of the school’s 10th year anniversary and graduation ceremony for the year 2022 was “Portrait of an Outstanding School”.
The ex-president, who was represented by his wife, Mrs Bola Obasanjo, expressed concern over the way some girls dress and expose their cleavage while boys also sag their trousers and expose their boxers without the fear of their parents.
He, therefore advised parents to always check they way their wards dress whenever they want to go out of the house so as not to be attracted to bad gangs that might ruin their future.
The two term civilian president lauded the management of the school and the founders, Mr Yinka and Mrs Maureen Ola- Williams, for ensuring the children were decently dressed in their uniforms during their performances.
He said, “I learnt something again during the presentation, you could see that all the children, especially those ones dancing, raising their legs up, they sewed the uniform material well. You can see the decency in what they are wearing, protecting their private parts, both male and female. Please, i want us to learn from this. It looks so minute that all these ones, doesn’t it matter a lot.
“When our children are dressing in the house, when they wear something showing their bodies, call them back or they wear something showing their cleavage, please, don’t let them go out or when we see our boys sagging, please, call them back. We have learnt a lot from Lyceum School. What they do in presentation, they did a lot and God will continue to help us.
“At times, you see the dressing of young girls always put some of them into pits, attracting unnecessary things to them and you see them, some wayward ideas coming in and by the special grace of God, that one won’t come to our children because you can see what they are doing is showing that Nigeria will be better,” he added.
The Commissioner for Education in Ogun State, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu, urged the graduands to prepare themselves well for the next phase of learning and have a resilient spirit and be hardworking.
Arigbabu, who was represented by the Zonal Education Officer, Abeokuta South Local Government Area, Mr Temitope Lasile, also charged the school management to continue to set standard for their student and sustain the ‘portrait of an outstanding school’ in the state.
He said, “I am convinced that you have been well prepared for the next phase of your learning here. Hence, as you leave this school for a higher. school or college, it will not be business as usual. You will now take responsibility for your life.
“Life is a mixture of the good, the bad and the ugly. Notwithstanding, you must have a resilient spirit to weather the storms of life. Stay connected to your creator at the time of your youth. Remember, nothing is achievable without hard work and divine benevolence.” he added.
Head of School, Mrs Maureen, while thanking the parents for picking Lyceum School for their children, said that the school would not relent in giving its best to the pupils and students.