Boys Brigade Nigeria has inducted Arc. Nuhu Yahaya Dikko as its new national patron.
Dikko was inducted in Kaduna on Wednesday, during his investiture ceremony held in Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) church Barnawa, Kaduna with the commitment to build youth with high sense of responsibility in preparedness for leadership and managerial skills.
He noted that the Boys Brigade was founded 140 years ago by Sir. Williams Alexander Smith with the objective to inculcate discipline into the male children so that they can grow in the fear of God, conforming to the image and likeness of Christ Jesus.
Dikko noted that youths are unique force in every society, and as such they must be given proper orientation as future fathers even as the world rely on them dimensional shifts in all ramifications of life.
He said his ambition for the boys is to catch them young through imparting them with the Word of God and also to empower them to be self sufficient with or without their certificates.
While noting that the place of skill acquisition is fundamental to every child as panacea to self reliance and nation building, Dikko also promised that the boys will be given the needed support and empowerment through his various humanitarian scheme, like his NGO.
He urged them to embrace love, forgiveness, kindness and self service, alongside attributes such as leadership development, strength and character molding initiative so they can be fully conformed to the image of Christ and as proud youths to champion the course of national interest.
In his remarks, the National President, Nigeria Boys Brigade, Prof. Samson Duna, urged youth not to be deterred by the current economic realities and other forms of restiveness because they will soon become a thing of the past.
Responding to whether youths are still the leaders of tomorrow in the Nigerian project, Prof. Duna said every country has their own unique challenges in the sense that the world is evolving and dynamic, therefore no present challenge is permanent as youths can leverage on what they view as disadvantage for their turnaround.
“We believe in the country call Nigeria and with a lot of government policies going on I believe that the country will be better and and there will be future for the youths in Nigeria.
“Our youths are leaders of tomorrow, therefore the youths must shun violence, drugs and be focus to do something. Despite the many difficulties at the moment, there is a need for them to learn one skill or the other so they can be able to help themselves.
“There is a need to have something doing so we do not depend on government collar job alone by so doing I am sure the youths will contribute their quota to nation building.
“We are trying everything possible to train the boys because when you train a boy, it means that you are training a father tomorrow, you are training a leader tomorrow in Nigeria. So our aim is basically to train a boy with the hope of bringing up a solution for the country tomorrow,” he said.