The general secretary of the Nigerian Baptist Convention and visitor to the Bowen University, Iwo, Dr. Ademola Ishola, has cited corruption and the unguarded rush for materialism by Nigerian leaders as reasons for the mismanagement of the country.
Ishola, who said this during the third convocation of BU, added that some Nigerian leaders, who constituted a small percentage of the populace, had wrecked the nation due to their corrupt acts.
He said, “The bane of our nation today is corruption and unguarded rush for materialism, where some consider the government as their industries and turn it into their personal goldmine.
“As a result of this, a few among us have wrecked the nation through acts of corruption and mismanagement of our economy. May the Lord rescue us before it is too late.
“One of the reasons for the global recession in the capital or stock exchange market is greedy acquisition of compensation by those at the top of most of the corporations that experienced downturn recently.
“I believe what is happening to the powerful economies of the world should be a serious wakeup call for our national leaders.”
The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Timothy Olagbemiro, said that a total of 906 students graduated from the institution this year, revealing that 26 of them made first class honours, while 257 made second class upper and 430 made second class lower.
Olagbemiro added that 191 students made third class and two graduated with pass result.
He charged the fresh graduates to uphold the tenets of the school by shunning vices such as corruption, materialism and occultism, saying that godliness, perseverance and love were vital to national unity and peace.