Adebisi Akande Says Military Takeover Of Missionary Schools Truncated Morality

adebisi-akandeA former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adebisi Akande, says the takeover of missionary schools by the military government altered the norm and morality that the missions had established in Nigerian schools and the society at large.

Mr Akande described missionary schools as institutions for moral instructions, saying that a decision to take over schools from the missionaries was equivalent to an attempt to expunge morality from the lives of the Nigerian children.

Mr Akande, who was a former Governor of Osun State, gave the opinion at the commissioning of a block of 10 classrooms built in his honour by the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Osun Northeast Diocese in Otan Aiyegbaju, in Osun State, southwest Nigeria.

According to Mr Akande, the consequence of the takeover of schools is evident in the society.

Akande said: “Whether in Islamic Madaris or in any evangelical learning centres, all missionary schools known to Nigerians were institutions for moral instructions”.

He related the pain Nigerians suffer today to what he called military interventions in governance.

He urged the missionaries to run schools side by side with other educational stakeholders in order to enable the society have a choice in producing future players in the employment markets.

“Where free education is the public policy, as it should be throughout Nigeria, let the government concerned grant-aid to the missionaries to the tune of tuition fees payable by the pupils in public-government-owned schools,” he requested.

In his speech, the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, described religion as a tool to promote peace and sustain religious tolerance.

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Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh

Most Reverend Okoh said with a Christian faith building a school in honour of a Muslim statesman, Nigeria would soon get out of religious crisis.

He described Mr Akande as a Muslim by practice, but a Christian in mind, going by his contributions to the Christianity without any iota of discrimination.

Governor Rauf Aregbesola, who commissioned the schools, stated that it was not a surprise that a strong Christian Church, Anglican Communion, honoured Akande, a Muslim, with a block of 10 classrooms.

He said the Yoruba race is known for religious tolerance from time immemorial.

Governor Aregbesola noted that the advent of formal education in Nigeria was traceable to the Muslim and Christian missionaries, saying that education has been part and parcel of faith.

The Governor urged parents to live up to their responsibility of supporting their children with moral and adequate training needed to make the education functional and impactful.

Chief Ernest Shonekan Celebrates 80th Birthday

Ernest ShonekanThe story of Chief Ernest Shonekan’s life is one centered on merit, humility and service to humanity, and that was re-echoed when the British-trained lawyer, industrialist, Baba Isale of Egbaland and former Interim President of Nigeria turned 80.

The celebrant, who takes his Christian faith seriously together with his dear wife Margret and their lovely children, began the special birthday event with a thanksgiving service at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina in Lagos

The occasion saw several important guests honouring Chief Shonekan in a service officiated by the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh.

The special guests include former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon and wife Victoria; former Vice President, Chief Alex Ekwueme and wife Helen; Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun and wife Olufunso, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Idiat Adegbule.

Others are former Minister of Defence, General Theophilus Danjuma and wife Senator Daisy; Chairman of FCMB, Otunba Shubomi Balogun and wife Adebutu; and the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Micheal Adedotun Gbadebo amongst others

Indeed, it was a special day as they joined him on the altar for thanksgiving and then sang a special birthday song for him.

Students from his Alma Mata, CMS Grammar School Lagos, also did a special presentation in his honour.

The social part of the celebration kicked off right away with veteran juju music maestro, Ebenezer Obey, dishing out some of his evergreen tunes in honour of the celebrant and to the delight of his A-list guests.

More important guests joined the party, like ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo; the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi and wife Olori Wuraola; former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, and former Governor of Lagos, Chief Mobolaji Johnson.

Business mogul, Chief Razaq Okoya and wife Shade; Justice George Oguntade and wife; Chairman of Doyin Group, Mr Samuel Adedoyin; and the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Relations and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, also shared in the fun.

Chief Ernest Shonekan was born on the May 9, 1936 in Lagos. He is a British-trained lawyer, industrialist, and was the former Chief Executive of the United African Company of Nigeria Plc (UAC), before he was appointed as Interim President of Nigeria by General Ibrahim Babangida on August 26, 1993.

Chief Shonekan’s transitional administration only lasted three months before General Sani Abacha took over on November 17, 1993.

Anglican Primate Urges NLC To Shelve Minimum Wage Demand 

Minimum WageThe Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, has advised the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress to shelve their demand for 56,000 Naira as a new minimum wage saying salary increase has not really helped the situation of the average Nigerian worker.

Addressing a congregation of Anglicans in Abuja, the Primate of the Church of Nigeria and Bishop of Abuja, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh said that the agitation for salary increase can only be done when there is an improvement in the nation’s economy.

He also advised the federal government to urgently address the issue of armed Fulani herdsmen causing havoc in some parts of the country.

He added that it will not augur well for the country if various communities are allowed to resort to self-help.

Ending Insurgency: Religious Leaders Give Recommendations  

Nicholas-Okoh-Muslim-ClericReligious leaders in Nigeria have suggested ways to end the Boko Haram insurgency in the country, cautioning that the military does not need a deadline to fight insurgency.

At a meeting attended by the Minister of Information, Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Muhammad Nuru Khalid, said that deadlines are not helpful anywhere in the world to fight insurgency.

With less than three weeks to the expiry date given by the Presidency to end Boko Haram insurgency, the cleric said that there was need for a review of approaches as it appeared the end is not in sight.

The Anglican Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, also noted that the message of peace should transcend mere talk to the people in the troubled north.

Although the cleric encouraged a regulation of preaching, especially in the troubled north, Archbishop Okoh said that the idea of developing a code of conduct for religious leaders should be treated with caution.

Nevertheless, the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, urged the clerics to use their position and influence to drum up support in the war against insurgency.

It was unanimously agreed that taking the message of peace to the grassroots might bring the nation’s worst nightmare to an end.

Corruption: Primate Urges Buhari To Improve Welfare Of Workers

Nicholas-OkohThe Primate of the Anglican Church in Nigeria, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, has advised the government to improve on the salary and other allowances of civil servants if it must succeed in the fight against corruption.

He identified poor remuneration of public servants at all levels, as one of the reasons for the high rate of corruption in Nigeria especially in the public service.

The Anglican Primate gave the advice during the enthronement of the new Anglican Bishop of Kaduna Diocese, Rt. Reverend Timothy Yahaya.

While commending President Buhari’s commitment to the fighting corruption, Bishop Okoh maintained that “when public sector wages are too low, employees may find themselves under pressure to supplement their incomes in unofficial ways by embezzling public funds meant for developmental purposes”.

He also expressed optimism that the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents would soon be over.

It was a day of celebration, as the Cathedral was filled to capacity with members of the clergy, the church and well-wishers present to witness the enthronement of Rt. Reverend Yahaya, as the fifth Bishop of the Diocese.

The choir offered beautiful renditions to the admiration of the congregation.

The enthronement of Bishop Yahaya follows the exit of the former Bishop of the diocese, Idowu Fearon, who was appointed the Secretary General of World Anglican Church early this year.

The new Bishop in his message assured the congregation that he would lead the diocese with the fear of God and ensure the growth and development of the Church.

He also stressed the need for the diocese to invest its resources in building more schools and hospitals to compliment the effort of the government.

Until his appointment as the Bishop of Kaduna Diocese, Rt. Reverend Yahaya was the Bishop of Jalingo Diocese in Taraba State.