Former Vice Chancellor of Babcock University, Ilishan, Ogun State, Prof. Kayode Makinde, says honesty can solve many of the problems people go through in families, and by extension, in the country.
Makinde said in Lagos that the present level of societal decay in the country could be overcome, if people are honest, one with another.
“Just like we slid gradually into that decay, we can climb out gradually.
“If everyone is honest with themselves, we will all gradually get out of this decay we’ve found ourselves in,” Makinde said.
He said that in homes, parents should always be honest with themselves first, and then with their children, to make the society a better place.
The former VC said that family values are important in restoring what had been lost in the country, urging Nigerians to have a positive mindset and be loyal to their families.
He commended an author, Mr Dapo Akande, who wrote a book entitled “The Last Flight” which centered on family values and was unveiled at the University of Lagos on Sunday.
Makinde said that the book talks about exemplary leadership and highlights the importance of family values in achieving a brighter future for the nation.
“I recommend it to young people; I recommend it to parents to have a total paradigm shift in parenting. It dares you to be honest with your kids.
“It’s drawn from real life experience; as if you’re drawing blood from the veins,” he said.
Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, at the book launch, also commended the author, saying the book re-emphasises that family values, prayers, discipline and forthrightness should always be embraced by parents.
Ambode, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Mrs Toyin Awoseyi, said such books should be read to expose one to those family values that have been long forgotten.
He said that life is about making impact wherever one finds himself or herself.
According to him, the book is inspirational and helps to showcase what a family should really be, and contributes to efforts to build a better tomorrow.
He said that some children were missing it in life because they were not doing the right things, urging parents to train their children well to be able to face reality.
Ambode said that parents should bring up their children the right way, so that when are old, they children would give them rest.
The governor said he would continue to support youths in the state in fulfillment of his promises during the electioneering campaign in 2015.
“This book is so apt for this season, as it about the revival of our values and cultures, and those who follow us in Lagos State know we’re reviving many things,” he said.
Akande, the author, said he was inspired by the fact that many Nigerians are social critics, who only talk about the problems in the country but do nothing about it.
“Something inspired me to start writing some of the things I observed and give my own solutions. The solutions I gave are the things that came to me, which make up the concept of my NGO, MINDS, which is Manners, Integrity, Neighbourly Life, Discipline and Success,” he said.
The author said that such ideals are what the society needs, and the book will help people to see how they should address the problems in the society.
He advised Nigerians to stop thinking only about how they can progress as individuals, but rather as a nation, pointing out that the nation’s progression would consequently result in individual progression.