By Kehinde Olauwatayo
Teachers have been called upon to prepare and keep to the ethics of the profession as it will make them excel and become a role model to the people like the notable leaders of the past,
They were also charged to buckle up and begin to prepare to ascend to the position occupied by people like Sir Tafawa Balewa, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Chief Adekunle Ajasin, Chief Ade Adefarati.
National Chairman, All Nigerian Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) Veterans, Basorun Seinde Arogbofa gave these charges while delivering his lecture during the commissioning of ANCOPSS National Secretariat in its permanent site, Abuja recently
“My own wake up call is that teachers must buckle up and begin to prepare to ascend to where people like Sir Tafawa Balewa, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Chief Adekunle Ajasin, Chief Ade Adefarati and our own Mallam who unconsciously used teaching profession as a launching pad to political leadership.”
He submitted that the profession with the highest relevance is teaching describing it as the mother that gave birth to all professions
“There is no greater lesson on relevance that can be got other than the King’s choice and crowning, as the greatest, the most noble and the most relevant, a frail old woman, who taught the greatest and most illustrious men and women of different professions in his kingdom.”
Arogbofa, a former National first Vice-President of ANCOPSS said teachers can rise to the most enviable position and effect the needed change like Sir Pedro Castillo of Peru
“Of recent, Sir Pedro Castillo, a rural teacher, propelled by the same rural voters he grew up with, dined with, and whose lives he shaped for better, defeated the priviledged daughter of a former President to become the President of Peru.
Amongst other things, on assumption of office this school teacher turned country President because, “the pride and pain of his country ran through his veins promised not only to “create one million new jobs” to arrest youth joblessness and restiveness, but declared a national emergency to improve education and ferociously tackle the “cancer of corruption.”
My brother teachers, you can likewise do the same to bring our country back on the right track. Prepare now for this with this knowledge that those of us who are in political limelight started preparing for it during our service years. Indeed, in line with ANCOPSS motto of “Leaders that build Leaders”, my candid advice for you is to start building yourselves as Shekarau did, so that you can lead the country in all areas of human existence, politics inclusive, after your service years.”