From Layi Olanrewaju, Ilorin
Former Senate President Bukola Saraki, Governor of Ekiti State Kayode Fayemi, and a member of the House of Representatives, Hon Shina Peller, are among the dignitaries expected at The Omoluabi Summit.
The summit was organised to commemorate International Youth Day, scheduled for August 12.
A statement made available to reporters on Tuesday by a Nigerian youth advocate Seun Awogbenle disclosed that Saraki is expected to chair the summit while Fayemi would deliver a keynote address on the theme titled: ‘Character as Leadership’.
Other speakers expected at the summit include Olusegun Adeniyi, chairman of THISDAY newspaper editorial board and Mohammed Ibrahim Ajia, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) house of representatives candidate for Ilorin west/Asa constituency.
Others are Aisha Ahman-Pategi, former Kwara commissioner for special duties and Abdulrazak Aduagba, an Islamic cleric. Seun Okinbaloye, host of Channels TV’s Politics Today, will moderate a panel session at the summit.
The summit will hold on August 12 at the Arca Santa event centre, Ilorin, Kwara, by 9 am.
Commenting on the essence of the summit, Awogbenle said The Omoluabi Summit is an opportunity for young people to celebrate the Omoluabi values.
Omoluabi is a concept popularised by the Yoruba ethnic group.
It describes someone with good character or someone who epitomises respect, humility and diligence.
Also speaking about the summit, Bolaji Abdullahi, former minister for youth and sports, said it will inspire young people to imbibe virtues of courage, integrity, humanity, and devotion to the public good, which are enablers of development.
Abdullahi said the day would be an opportunity to reinstate the importance of character.