Cleric cautions govt against meddling in ‘sensitive issues in education’
The Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos and Bishop of Lagos Mainland, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), The Most Revd. Adebayo Akinde, has advised the government to focus on governance and stop making mockery of education by getting involved in issues that would hinder the growth of the sector.
Reacting to a new directive to merge Christian and Islamic studies into one, the cleric, who stated this at the ninth edition of Pre-Synod Breakfast Fellowship at the Cathedral of St. Jude, Ebute-Metta, Lagos, described the plan as an experiment that would take the country nowhere.
He said that the Church has always been the custodian of knowledge and that Christianity moves side by side with education.
“The Church is the custodian of knowledge and Christianity moves side by side with education. God gave the custody of knowledge to the Church.
All principal offices in the university were taken from the Church. The chancellor, registrar, bursar, all were borrowed titles from the Church of God. God did it and not anybody, and I am not saying it with any sense of pride.
“Government should focus on governance and they should do it well. The government most of the time dabbles into what it ought not to,” he said.
Adebayo continued that what has been responsible to this development was that every new minister wants to condemn what the former one did, which he said would never move any nation forward.