Popular preacher and chancellor of Covenant University, Ota, Ogun Bishop David Oyedepo has admonished youths against the excessive use of social media.
Oyedepo gave the warning on Friday during the 15th convocation ceremony and conferment of honourary doctorate degrees and presentation of prizes in Ota, Ogun.
He noted that the negative impact of social media on youths could not be overemphasised as it made them to lose focus and rob them of their destinies.
“The social media saga has eroded the substance of destiny as it has unconsciously robbed youths of their future and their time,” he said.
“The honour of this generation has been wiped off, chatting all day with no time left to think, plan programme and engage productively in the pursuit of any task.
“Some professionals have classified social media addiction along with drugs, alcohol and sex.
“Social media that is supposed to be a plus to the youth, suddenly became a minus, as everything of value is delivered through investment of time.”
Oyedepo noted that life without a vision was an adventure in frustration, and that life without a bearing was a burden.
Earlier, Prof. Abiodun Adebayo, the vice chancellor of the institution, said the university was committed to training expert thinkers that would proffer solutions to nation’s problems and restore the lost glory of the black race.
A total of 1,664 students graduated for the 2019/2020 academic session.
They comprised 201 students who made first class honours; 793, second class upper honours; 595, second class lower; 75, third class and 254 post graduate students.
Paula-Peace Onyinyechi, a graduate of Biochemistry, College of Sciences, emerged the best graduating student, with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 4.98.