Ex-VC alleges failure of government at all levels
• CAN President Calls For Political Regeneration
Former Vice-Chancellor, Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, Prof. Dapo Asaju has lamented what he described as apparent failure of government at all levels in the country.
According to him, most Nigerians have a bleak future due to a lack of security, employment, basic infrastructure and avenue to maximise their potential.
Asaju, who is the theologian of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), also lamented that “internal colonisation by a tribe over others have shown defiant domination of most top leadership positions in government, legislature, judiciary, military, paramilitary and agencies of education and commerce.”
At a lecture to mark the 45th anniversary of the Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN), yesterday, in Abuja, Asaju said that the problems of Nigeria and Nigerians were complex, chronic and self-inflicted, adding that “the people suffer from acute corruption and devaluation of the normal standard of living.”
According to the cleric, many Nigerians seek positive change from the current state of collapse of the systems of society but it appears that the so-called cabal in government are dragging the destiny of the nation in the opposite direction.
He expressed regret that government keeps borrowing for unprofitable causes, thus impoverishing the future generations with a heavy debt burden while the brain drain of too many medical professionals is threatening the future leadership of the country.
“If there will be the transformation of Nigeria, it will have to involve all sectors of society. For the Church to take the lead, it must first cure itself of its own sins before atoning for the sins of society. The cost of electioneering is so high that young people who aspire to be political leaders are often frustrated. Family moral values are falling as liberal western lifestyles and revisionist theologies and philosophies are making an incursion into Christian communities.
“Proliferation of ammunitions smuggled in through porous Nigerian borders has made life unsafe. “Regeneration of the nation can happen if it results in attitudinal change and physical development of the society. Regeneration is therefore important if we want to address and resolve the Nigerian problem. We once had a Nigeria where the people lived harmoniously with each other irrespective of tribe, class or creed,” he said.
In his remarks, CAN President, Rev Samson Ayokunle, pointed out that a multi-ethnic country like Nigeria needs to embrace unity and love.
He called for political regeneration in terms of regeneration of leadership, warning that recycling of politicians who have failed Nigerians just because they have money to rig elections should no longer be allowed.