By Ahmed Sobiye, Abeokuta
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has advised parents and community leaders to revive the culture of storytelling among children to enable them imbibe good morals.
Obasanjo gave the advice on Tuesday at a programme tagged, “Story Time With Baba,” held at his ancestral home at Ibogun in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun.
The programme was organised by the Centre for Human Security, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), as part of activities heralding the 80th birthday of the former president on Sunday.
Obasanjo, who sat among the pupils of Baptist Day School, Ibogun, where he had his primary school education, told them folk stories.
He recalled that while growing up in the community, his parents and other community leaders usually gathered young children including himself under the moonlight to give them riddles and tell fables.
“They normally required us to solve the riddles so as to make us think deeply and sharpen our wits while they told us stories to inculcate moral values into us.
“Most of the stories revolved round animals, particularly the tortoise, and will normally end with lessons to build character by pointing us to what to do and what not to do.
“We have grown up with those moral values and they served as foundations upon which we built our lives and conducted ourselves wherever we went,” he said.
He, however, expressed concern that such practice had been jettisoned by parents and had denied children a good platform for character building.
Obasanjo said that he had written 12 books containing several of such stories as part of efforts to preserve culture and prepare the children for the future.
The former president distributed copies of the books to the pupils of the school and other institutions in the state.