OSOGBO – Dr Sola Ajibade, the Head of African Languages Department, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has enjoined parents to teach their children and wards good values.
Ajibade, who made the call in Osogbo in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), described the family as the smallest and most important political unit.
He said the failure of families would automatically bring about the failure of the nation at large if nothing was done to address the anomaly.
Ajibade expressed sadness at the level of decadence in the society as a result of broken homes, saying parents had failed in their responsibilities to guide their children in doing what was right.
“It is high time parents began to help the nation by being in firm control of the most important and sensitive political units, which is the family, and which plays a significant role in the stability of a nation.
“You will agree with me that every individual that either contributes positively or negatively to the development of the country must come from one home, and that is exactly what makes the institution very important.
“Our society today has become more polarised because the families are disenchanted and values have been totally eroded,’’ he said.
He, however, made a case for the review of the scope of civic education in elementary schools to make it more comprehensive..
“We have to re-arrange the societal order by re-shaping the world view of the younger generation through a comprehensive civic education at the primary and nursery levels,’’ he said. (NAN)