Nigerians Are Not Ready to Learn From Civil War-Prof. Olagoke

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(SHAFAUDEEN ISHRAT 2108 BEGINS SATURDAY 20 JANUARY)

Nigerians are not ready to learn from the bitter experiences of the 1967 civil war.

This assertion was made  by the Founder and Spiritual head of Shafaudeen worldwide, Wakajaiye, Ibadan, Nigeria, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke, in an chat with Federationews2day.

”Nigerians are not ready to learn from the civil war, because  if we had learned through the  fratricidal war of shame, during which the blood of our brothers  and innocent citizens were  shed, our behaviour ought to have changed. We resorted to reconciliation, rehabilitation and reconstruction, which were never executed perfectly, rather our human rights records make us look like nonentities, who are living together by force”.

Prof Olagoke also decried the attitude of the Federal Government of celebrating fallen heroes annually without impacting positively on the lives of survivors and the families of fallen heroes.

”The celebration of fallen heroes portrays us as a nation of hypocrites. What is the rationale behind the celebration ?  Is it supposed to be a ritual or an honour ? Is it not supposed to be followed up by remembering the families of the fallen heroes ? From the Soldiers to the Generals ?  Most of the lucky, but unfortunate ones, were never taken care of.  Retirees from the Army and other services of the Armed Forces are languishing, struggling frantically to collect their pensions, most of which are just stipends. Why is it difficult to take care of the  families of the fallen heroes ?  To me this  is hypocrisy, let us try to do the needful. Lagos Lawyer, Femi Falana(SAN), has been leading the advocacy for the payment  of retired soldiers entitlements. However, you can see how some of these soldiers, who are wretched are going about, cap in hands, begging for money to pay legal fees, even when we know that Government will continue to be adamant.

”Remembering the fallen heroes through  fun fare is  unfair to the heroes and heroines, to make Nigeria one and prosperous. Suffice it now to say , that in the absence of motivation, Nigeria will continue to witness pockets of violence, insurgency and even terrorism. Government must begin to show wisdom by doing the neddful”, Prof.  Olagoke concluded.

 

SHAFAUDEEN ISHRAT 2108 BEGINS SATURDAY 20 JANUARY

The 2018 Ishrat, 20th Walimot’l  and 35th anniversary of Shafaudeen L’ Islam begins on Saturday, 20 January, 2018, with Kiddies  Sports and Inter School Competition and Novelty Race. The event  which is slated for 10.00 am, holds at Christ Church School, Wakajaiye Ibadan,will also feature a lecture titled ”Free and Functional Education for all Children. A must for Government.

On Sunday, 21 January,  the 20th Walimatul Qur’an Validation Test Ceremony and conferment and confirmation of title comes up, while on Tuesday, 23 January the  Annual  Sustainable  Development Stakeholders International conference,  with Theme : Promoting  Inclusive Society : Empathy, Not Sympathy, holds at the Global Peace Hall, Shafaudeen International Headquarters, Wakajiaye, Ibadan, Nigeria by 10.00am. The host is Center for Religious Cooperation and Tolerance(CRCT).

On Wednesday,  24 January, the Founder’s day of Prospect High School, Abanla comes up by 10.00 am at the school’s premises and later in the day, by 2.00 pm, the Rasool Cup Final holds at the Olubadan stadium.

On Thursday, 25, January the All Favour Night and Annual Tahjud  comes up between 9.00pm and 5.00am at the Shafaudeen International Headquarters, Wakajaiye, Ibadan, while there will be a Jumat service, Seminar, Sports, Youth Camp and Media Interview on Friday, 26 January by 12 noon at the same venue.

The Grand finale comes up on Saturday 27 January at the same venue, the annual Ishrat lecture Titled ” Building Strong Institutions for Nigeria. A corporate Governance Challenge”,  will be delivered  by Prof Sabitu Olagoke. There will also be a book launch, Investiture of Nation Builders, Title conferment and confirmation, On-Going Projects Inspection, 20th Wlaimot Quran by the Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Alhaji AbdulGaniyu Abubakar Agbotomokerekere and  will be rounded off with the annual special prayer for the nation. The even begins by 10.00 am.

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Nigerians Should Practice What They Profess-Prof Olagoke

Religious adherents  in Nigeria have been advised to practice what they profess.

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This advice was given by the Founder and Spiritual head of Shafaudeen wordlwide, Wakajaiye, Ibadan, Nigeria, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke, in a paper titled ”Ensuring and Sustaining Good Governance in Nigeria : The Role of Religion”.

 

”Religion demands that we put to practice what we profess. Religion’s aim is to establish an egalitarian society as exemplified in the Ministry of Jesus Christ and the exemplary lifestyle of Prophet Mohammed(SAW). In these, everybody kept good neighbourliness, embraced love and unity for system, peace and sustainable development. The two of them not only lived exemplary lives, but also remodeled good governance”.

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”Religion is therefore,set to prevent war, bloodshed, violence, hunger and diseases through political programmes, based on justice, equity, functional education, functional infrastructure and sustainable development”, Prof. Olagoke noted.

THE PRESENT CROP OF THOSE IN THE EXECUTIVE, JUDICIARY AND LEGISLATURE CANNOT SALVAGE NIGERIA- FOUNDER AND SPIRITUAL HEAD, SHAFAUDEEN WORLDWIDE

The Federal Government  recently disclosed that a number of the freed Chibok girls are being educated at the American University in Yola, Adamawa state. Government also disclosed that over N164.7 million will go into funding their education in the university, this is coming on the heels of the approval granted six private universities by the Federal Executive Council, this brings the total number of  private universities in the country to 74. In this interview with Federationews2day,  the spiritual head and founder of Shafaudeen worldwide, Wakajaiye, Ibadan, Nigeria, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke says that those presently  occupying seats in  the three arms of Government  are not the crop of people who will salvage the country. Excerpts :

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What are your views on education at all levels in Nigeria today ?

The education sector regarding the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary levels, theoretically is very sound, but when it comes to implementation, is nothing to write home about.  Unfortunately, successive governments have failed to correct this anomaly. The experience has been a very bitter one.  For example, the curriculum for education, when we were students, was considered to be the best.  During our own time the environment of discipline was very, very, high and that supported us to succeed. But curriculum wise, the trend regarding deveopment is not impressive.  The world is now Information and Communication Technology compliant, this is computer age, but unfortunately the users are not appreciating this.  Most of the youth only go into the use of social media to mislead themselves and others, instead of focusing on educational programmes,  you see them focusing on pornography and cybercrimes and a host of other anti-social ventures.

If we had followed the dictates of education, religiously,  the whole world would have been a peaceful and highly developed entity. But unfortunately, some of us who believe in the IUnited Nations clarion call for sustainable development feel ashamed that we come from Africa, because we are not really using it to advance humanity. Despite all the grants that come into nations of Africa, their leaders only end up in converting theses monies to their personal use, this is governance by crime, governance by looting, governance by timocracy and kleptocracy. They have used education to negatively redefine Democracy.

That is why there is insurgency, beacuse the poor people are used as fuel to cause violence and crises. Education is supposed to assist any nation in producing people who are so much concerned about the welfare of the people of the earth. Unfortunately,  the contrary is the case and that is why that despite the advantage of updated curricula for education, what we are experiencing most especially in Africa, Nigeria inclusive,  is a record of woes and uncertainty for the people who are supposed to be taken care of. Also, the areas of religion which is supposed to be assisted by  education is characterized by by stories of decadence, stories of impunity and profanity, in place of seriousness and sacredness in the Houses of worship. So, spitirually, people are decadent, socially, people are deficient, so you can see the state of things in Africa. The Government that is supposed to fund education is unerfunding it. No credible leadership. So, even when you look at the cognitive aspect,  you will notice that the universities are just producing people who would later be frusrated in the labour market. From my experience, education standard, curriculum wise, is there, but the standrad is not there at the implementation stage,because of the  poor handling.  Several people, who are supposed to salvage the  cause, are seen all around, joining the bandwagon of those people, who will just be there, in the way they behave and their  mindset, with the intention of undermining the nation at the slightest  opportunity. It is a sad case, but people like myself will continue to appeal to those in positions of authority to, please do the needful. The crop of people we have in the Executive, Judciary and Legislature are not the kind of  people who can salvage the country, mainly because these are people who concentrate their energy in building institutions for Nigeria, but however, send their children abroad, leaving the poor masses to  manage the underfunded schools. This gives the nation a kind of psyche that perceives education as mere markets to make money, rather than a serious instution which must be well equipped admissions are even offered to students, beacuse schools whether Primary, Secondary or Tertiary are not  about the buildings alone, but more about  the  facitilies for laerning and manpower So, most of the schools we have today, which belong to private proprietoras are too expensive for the masses’ children to patronize. The only advantage they have is that they hardly go on strike, but if you look at the level of atrocities they commit, then you will know the how worrisome the situation is. Most of these schools are built on the basis of religion. And those which are not built on the basis of religion, Proprietor, Proprietress, the Provost or the Founder as the case maybe, will rather incorporate  his religion, erroneosly,  into the running of the school, which is very wrong.

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INCLUDE VOLUNTEERISM IN SCHOOL CURRICULUM-PROF OLAGOKE

The need for Volunteerism to be incorporated into the curriculum of educational institutions in Nigeria has been emphasized.

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This was the submission of the founder and spiritual head of Shafaudeen worldwide, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke, in a paper  titled ‘‘Volunteerism : A Catalyst for System Dynamic Equilibrium”, he delivered at the 2017 International Volunteers day, organized by the Community Chest Council(CCC)Oyo state chapter in Ibadan.

”Volunteerism therefore must be in-built into the educational curriculum for students to grow with positive psyche of helping others and their communities. It must be in-built into the religious curriculum as spiritual diet for the adherents to be able to be forthcoming when they are saddled with performance challenges at their various positions of power or places of work-Government and MDAs ”.

”This is the only way by which we can build strong institutions, through corporate governance. Volunteerism is a catalyst to sustainable development, for inclusive society to promote system dynamic equilibrium”, Prof Olagoke asserted.

However, students of educational institutions in Oyo state, who presently contend with series of  Government enforced levies, such as development levy, continuous assessment levy, examination answer sheet levy and  three year tax clearance, have since taken solace  in the deviant dictates of a number of sub-cultures, which are not volunteer friendly.

Also, the new executive of the CCC led by Pastor Agboola of Amazing Grace Limited, comprising NGOs, which cater for the needy, was inaugurated by the state Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community Development and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Atinuke Osinkoya.

The Corrupt Class Funded President’s Buhari’s Election-Cleric

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As Nigerians continue to knock the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration’s elective fight against corruption, the spiritual head and founder of Shafaudeen worldwide, Wakajaiye, Ibadan, Nigeria, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke, in this interview with Federationews2day, says that the present administration’s corruption fight,  has the traces of  the corrupt class who funded its emergence. Excerpts:

Nigerians are expressing worries  over the present administration’s continued selective corruption war, what do you think is wrong ?

It is unfortunate that the All Progressives Congress(APC) was formed on the basis of looking for credible people, they were able to get that in President Muhammadu Buhari, but how to win the election depended mainly on who could fund the party. Unfortunattely, most of those people, who have the strenght to do it,  belong to the corrupt class of the nation. It happened in Singapore, when Lee  Kuan Yew wanted to moun the reign of power, he had nothing, but was sponsored by those  who had amassed ill gotten wealth. Fortunately for them they were able to have a memorandum of Understnading(MOU) and they agreed with him, to suppor the cause of sanitizing the country in order that Singapore would be great again . That was how they were able to have their way. Singapore today, is a country that competes with the developed world, but in the case of Nigeria, the same scenario of change is not in play. Unfortunately, the big wigs in the pary are not ready to, let go of their ill gotten wealth.

At a time the President became ill, the illness was not natural, it was not, from God.  And that is why he cried out. When you fight corruption, corruption may want to fight back. If not for God, the illness would have c onsumed him and that would  have been to the advantage of the cabal and cartel, who would have returned to their free meal of ill-gotten wealth,amidst the turbulence surrounding this Government of President Buhari. Despite the fact that he survived the death threat and fire, his manliness began to fail him into mortgaging his conscience.

By now, dily dallying with the cabal, in taking some decisions, most especiallt the delayed ones. It is unfortunate, that his people are not helping him to succeed in the anti-corrution war, because they are damned to many and  too powerful.  Unfortunately, nobody wants to die again for the antion.  A comparative analysis of Nigeria and some  other nations, shows Nigeria as a  nation that has failed the test of corporate governance, leading us into the stage of building strong individuals, rather than strong institutions.

No Work No Pay :The Lives of Workers and Their Dependents In Danger-Founder Shafaudeen Worldwide

As Nigerians continue to express displeasure  over the Federal Government’s  decision to enforce the ‘No Work No Pay’ rule, when workers embark on industrial action, the Founder and Spiritual Head of Shafaudeen world wide, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke , in this interview with Federationews2day, advises the Federal Government to, in the first instance, clear the backlog of salary arrears, gratuities and pensions, owed workers, before it introduces a policy that is not worker friendly. Excerpts :

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What is your reaction to the Federal Government’s decision to enforce the ”No Work No Pay Rule, when workers go on strike ?

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The International Labour Organization(ILO)2007 states that workers’ agitation is expected, when they are not paid within  the stipulated time, they are due for payment.  If we are to go by the ILO law, which is universal and applies to workers all over the world, of which Nigeria should not be an exception, one will derisively rethink Government’s proclamation of ‘No Work No Pay’, in this period, when workers in Nigeria are owed  more than eight months salaries and pensioners are yet to receive their gratuities in several states, as well as pensions. It is high time, we advise the Federal Government not to be unnecessarily rhetorical on issue concerning the rights of Nigerian workers, most especially when ti comes to the issue of mounting agitations to press home their demands, which takes the form of prompt payment of salaries, facility update of their working environment,  and the need for Government to create an enabling and conducive  environment to work, enhanced productivity and higher efficiency. When the yearnings of workers are not attended to, the lives  of workers and their dependents are in danger, medical danger, safety danger, security danger and comfort-ability danger. This is because  their dependents rest solely on the  meagre amount or token received by Nigerian workers, for sustenance.

One should therefor, naturally expect, that workers through their labour unions should agitate for their rights, because without been paid as and when due, rights of accessibility to materials that will sustain them are trampled upon. It is unfortunate that in Nigeria we over politicize issue to the extent that the right to good living is been slashed into triviality, with the attendant death toll and lack of credible development, expected from  Government. For example, when you go out  to vote, you voted for those who will hold  i the peoples’ mandate, for anybody who comes out victorious, through these votes, into positions of power, the expectations of the people, of the voters, is that those people in power, will be able to render stewardship and service which will transform into, provision of basic amenities and promotion of functional infrastructure, which in the Nigerian context is lacking. I will advise Government to be proactive on the issue of productivity and efficiency of workers through prompt payment of their dues including those that have  served this nation during their prime ages, to the level of getting into retirement. It is only by this, that we can graciously roll out some rules of law, like ‘No Work No Pay’, based on truancy, sabotage and even what we can term  as rebellious intentions.

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Blame State Governors and Other Political Office Holders for the Crises In Nigeria Today-Spiritual Head Shafaudeen

Insurgency, armed agitations, kidnapping for ritual and ransom, armed  robbery, car snatching and other crimes have taken over the Nigerian landscape. With this  as a background, the Nigerian Military launched Operations Python Dance One and Two, in the South East Geo-Political zone, and also  Operation Crocodile smile in the South South and  some parts of the South West, to reverse the ugly trend. In this interview with Federationews2day, the Founder and Spiritual Head of Shafaudeen Worldwide, Wakajaye, Ibadan, Nigeria, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke, says state Governors are part of the problem. Excerpts :

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Military operations in those parts of Nigeria that are in crises are underway, what is your assessment of the situation ?

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The operation wouldn’t have been necessary if the intention had not gone to the level of breaking the country to pieces, besides that, the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) and the South South militants, they are armed with arsenal and other weapons of destruction and most of them are been sponsored by foreign interests.

It is unfortunate that Nigeria has been plunged into this abysmally regrettably stimulation. Unfortunately, a lot of things are not really working in Nigeria. For example the Nigeria Police Force is supposed to be efficient to quell all agitations, but how adequately equipped are the police ? So, in an environment of abnormalities, it would  continue to be a matter of surprise to see things been done accordingly. Take for example, restructuring, through having state Police would have  been the best , because we have some nations which are operating through this principle, but in Nigeria, the politicians would just  use  the opportunity to strangle the necks of their enemies, through the state police.

So, a lot of things that are working else where, favorably, are really not working here.

Also, another example, the civil war, we thought it would end in three months, but it lasted for three solid years, with  more than three million Igbos dead and also millions of those on the Federal side affected. Unfortunately,  the actors then, who are  gladiators from the North, are now our elder statesmen, controlling the affairs of the country.

One should not expect such people to look away, when there is about to be  a resurgence  of the  ugly past. I think that those we are supposed to blame in Nigeria, for all the chaos confronting us, are primarily the state Governors and those  who are holding political offices such as the Ministers and other appointees of Government. For instance, in the South East, the Governors were late in intervening, one feels very sad , when the break down of rules and laws are considered, as  that  of our core values. In this situation,  we expect the people to have a hold on the elites and the youths. But in the present circumstance,  the youths are been marginalized and denied  access to all the good  things of life in the country and as a result  one should not expect any respect for the so called elderly people, who are  in control of power. To this extent, things have fallen apart and the centre, is finding it so difficult to be in control. State Governors  are the Security  Chiefs of their states and they are closer to the agitators and at the same time working very closely with the Federal Government, if there is synergy in governance, things  will be well at the  centre, they are not supposed to   have  this kind of problem in quelling insurgency, militancy and proffering solution to the root cause of youth restiveness.

The root of all these problems  is the mismanagement of the nation’s resources, inequality, denial of access to life’s basic needs and the high rate of unemployment among the youths. Poverty will always make any system to be ungovernable.

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Oyo Govt. Should Thread Cautiously on Issues Pertaining To Places of Worship-Spiritual Head Shafaudeen

As religious houses in Oyo state express reservations over the state Government’s position on the environment and worship and praises to God, they insist that all power is from the Almighty God. In this interview with Federationews2day, the founder and spiritual head of Shafaudeen worldwide, Wakajaiye, Ibadan, Nigeria, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke  cautions the  state Government to thread cautiously on issues pertaining to religion. Excerpts:

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What is your reaction to the clamp down on religious houses in the state over noise pollution, by the state Ministry of Environment  ?

I am an environmentalist, noise pollution has resulted in partial deafness of a number of people,and so we must try as much as possible to control the noise. But when you regard what comes out of the houses of God as noise, are we not insulting God ? We have to be very careful in the way we use words. It is true that some people have deviated from  the course of real evangelism, of the real  dawah or jihad. The real evangelism or dawah demands that we speak the truth, we have a target audience, we must do things in ways that must not encourage unnecessary noise pollution, because whatever you’re saying becomes a noise, when you are no more communicating. So Government got it wrong in declaring that what comes out of the church or mosque is noise, this is an insult to divinity. They would  have  gone  there to correct the practice. Take for example, there was a time that I was treating some verses in both the Bible and the Quran that deals with family cohesion and family surprises, despite the fact that the song happened to be from a Muslim base, most Christians and some other faiths, came to me that I should allow the voice to get to their doors because what I was treating, regarding how to discourage people calling their mothers witches and even if they are witches, the position of the scriptures on this and how to manage such crisis. So, because it was more of teaching, it was problem solving, people loved to hear it, even if it was coming as music, it was supposed to be devoid of hate speeches, must be constructive and suiting. So, all these are lacking in the way we manage Churches and Mosques these days. So, the root of all these ought to be treated, because Churches and Mosques ought to be the divine environment for sustainable development of any community or nation. But in a situation whereby we begin to insult the senses and sensibilities of Pastors and Imams, by generalizing that what comes out of the houses of God constitute noise, is unfortunate.  We cannot compare our country with the developed nations, where their culture does not revolve on religion, but with time they discovered that they were having a lot of problems, which their Psychologists and Sociologists could not manage. They now resorted to faith based solutions. And out there the culture is more of individualism. Here in Africa or Yorubaland, we keep extended family structure, here we are our brother’s keeper. No doubt Government needs to intervene, but this is not the way to go about it. They are supposed to help us to control and normalize things. Most of us are not Teachers, we only find ourselves holding the Bible or the Quran to teach people, so we don’t expect expertise. But if they would be structure with guidelines, mainly that nay teaching from the mosques or churches must be based on the scriptures and must not be abusive. It must contain messages on morals and discipline, and if it is music, it has to be constructive and designed to solve problems. But declaring houses of God places of noise ? It is very insulting. We need to rethink the agenda, we have to be very careful, because I don’t want the case of this Government or nay Government, that wants to correct the situation to be like that of the beggars’ strike, a book written,  here most of them consulted their Alfas before they got to power, just like it happened in one nation. The beggars, you use them to get to the position of power, and because you want the city or community to be clean, you now say that they are dirty, and you move them somewhere, by the time such an individual starts having problems, the oracle consult, direct him to return to the beggars with gifts. The beggars reject the gifts, so his prayers are not answered and in the process he dies. So, we have to be very careful. Those in power still consult these houses of God. So, there is a need for us to restructure things in the houses of God. We must be scripture compliant in everything we do.

 

 

One Per cent Levy in Oyo Schools : Nigerians Are Suspicious of Govt.’s Intention-Prof Olagoke

Parents and residents at  the location of one of the Models  schools have expressed worries over the unbecoming  behavior of students of the school, who daily patronize cybercafes within the vicinity of the school, during school hours, in preference to the academic comfort of their school. This is a reflection of the incompetence  of the school management and Teachers to impart the right values on the students. Even as mushroom private schools continue to spring up in room and parlor and three  Bedroom apartments at different locations in t Oyo state, parents  also expressing worries over the announcement by the  state  Government that beginning from next session,  one(1) per cent levy shall be imposed on the fees collected  by both Public and Private schools in the state, they insist that this amounts to double taxation. In this interview with Federationews2day, the Founder and Spiritual Head of Shafaudeen worldwide, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke advises the state Government to approach the levy with caution. Excerpts :

The Oyo state Government has announced its intention to collect 1 per cent from all the fees collected by both public and private secondary schools in the state,  what is your reaction to this announcement  ?

My opinion is that the Government of Oyo state is ready to  re fix to a rightful position the education status, most especially in Oyo state. Government itself realizes that there are problems in the educational structure and practices The problem manifest in the state of things in public schools, most of them have dilapidated buildings, some do not have  furniture. Public schools have the best Teachers, but there are no facilities to work with. Unfortunately, those in Government and the elites do not patronize the  public schools. When Chief Obafemi Awolowo started his education programme, , he ensured that all his children attended these schools, and through each of them he was able to feel the pulse of the public schools, as regards the state of things in these schools. Unfortunately, Government, presently, has all the structure and mechanism through which education facilitation can  be effective and  result oriented, but corruption and indiscipline have permeated the fabric of every unit of the system, so that even before  a file is moved, you must grease the palm of the clerk, before anybody is promoted you must have greased the palms of the powers that be along the line When it comes to pension some people insist on getting 10 per cent out of your gratuity, before your file will see the light of the day.  So, when you have this kind of erratic system, the goal of education is already defeated. So, that is the situation of things in the education sector in Nigeria, Oyo state in particular.

The lapses on the side of Government has made every Tom, Dick and Harry to venture into education, but with the perspective of becoming an entrepreneur, whereby you commercialize everything. When  I was in secondary school, my prorietor of blessed memory, Mr. T.A Ogunkoya, had B.A History form Newcastle in 1950, he single handedly left Isonyin, for Abanla, bought acres of land and built all the structure in the school and unfortunately in 1976, Government took it  over and bastardized the very good work the man had done. The place is now a caricature of its old self. This is to say that Government  has not been able to understand what it takes to follow Chie Awolowo’s legacy. Now a lot of people have ventured into education without knowing anything about it.  You see a lot of private schools in dilapidated buildings and these people are capitalizing on the fact that most of our people are illiterates, most of the parents. They only repackage these children with good clothing, so that the parents will believe  that their children are attending good schools, whereas most of these schools are mushroom. And now that Government is restructuring, all these things are more of theories, because since they have started, we have not felt the impact. Not all the private schools are  registered with the state Government. And indeed, Government officials pass by all these  schools, but because of their relationships with the owners, nothing is done.  These are the areas that we are having problems. So, the first thing Government ought to do, is to go through all the nooks and crannies of Oyo state in the Morning, Afternoon, Night and during the weekend, to identify all these schools, good or bad. After assessment those found wanting should be shut. So in the area of Government collecting one per cent of fees collected by public and private schools in the state, those that are registered and Government still says that whatever you are getting from the intakes, one per cent should go into the coffers of Government, then this is unfortunate, Government is supposed to encourage private individuals, who float private schools,  so long as their intentions are genuine and once they have the right concept on ground, not vice versa.

However,Government must have looked into another perspective, Government must have the belief that all privately owned schools are for commercial purposes and once you are running schools for commercial purposes, the goal of education has already been defeated, because you won’t be able to deliver. You will be more into what you will realize in terms  of gains or profits. Education and schools are not supposed to be commercial ventures. UNICEF says education is a right. Chief Awolowo promoted free education, now that the various tiers of Government in Nigeria have failed in giving us free education and corruption  has now permeated the whole system, the major problem we are now having is  what is to be done. Government should be very cautious. Although some schools were founded on the premise that their founders have been able to corruptly enrich themselves and now using the money for education, if that is the perspective of Government to collect one per cent , it is okay, they want them to at least pay back, but some of us have genuine intentions. They should firstly go into how much we collect as school fees, then some of us may even be assisted by Government, but for those of us who they might be suspecting  have corruptly enriched  themselves, the one per cent can apply. But if it should be generalized, there is nothing we can do, but to seek to know what Government has been doing  from all the money collected. So, the people are suspicious of Government’s intentions and they think it is another way of selfishly enriching the purse of some Government functionaries. So, they must not allow the society to think that there is a bad motive behind the intention of Government to collect one per cent from the fees of  public and privates  schools. Government should be able to justify what they are going to do with the money, so, they must have a rethink.

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Government has Lost the Support of The People-Prof. Olagoke

The political class in Nigeria are currently engaged in unending  acrimony, intrigues, backstabbing, blame game and unpatriotic schemes. In this interview with Federationews2day, the Founder and Spiritual Head of Shafaudeen Worldwide, Wkajaiye, Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria, Professor Sabitu Ariyo Olagoke says political office holders have lost the support of the people. Excerpts:

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Insecurity and Corruption is the order of the day in Nigeria, Nigerians  are worried and now insinuate that the political will is no longer there, what is the way out ?

They have the political will, but they don’t have the political might, their intention initially was to redeem the situation in Nigeria, the economy, security situation and even enthroning good governance. But getting there they discovered that Nigerians have been morally debased. Corruption is at its highest, to the extent that the treasury has been looted to the point of not been able to pay workers’ salaries. So in this particular scenario, the masses whose support they are supposed to enjoy became antagonistic because they have been impoverished, unfortunately what they would have done to continue to enjoy the support of Nigerians was to cut salaries from the top across board, so that they will depend less on borrowing and the perception will be that they are there to serve, through self-sacrifice, which every country including the United Nations is advocating. Unfortunately, they have continued the game of impoverishing the masses, not paying their salaries and the wasteful spending continues.  And what would have endeared the people to them is no more there. The people are working without salaries and the  case of unemployment is on the high side. So, they have the will to do it, but they do not have the might again.

They have lost the support of the people. And those state Governors who are still having their people in place, it must be through coercion, the coercive approach.. A situation whereby you create Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), without putting infrastructure on ground, a situation whereby you fail to pay workers’ salaries and a situation whereby you do not allow elections into the Local Governments to take place, all these are some kind of coercive means of preventing the people to react, either positively or negatively, incapacitating the people. So without the might, which is no longer there, eventually they have lost the will, they had the will before, but they have lost it because they are now in disarray.

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The President is indisposed and outside, and the Vice President, who is acting is not having the majority support of the people. Even between the Executive and the Legislative arms, they are eyeing the number one position, someone to emerge as Mr. President, in case of any eventuality.

The country is just like a cursed nation in which nothing works again ad everybody is just at the mercy of God. So, that is Nigeria’s situation, it is a bad scenario. So, the solution lays in the opposition, not the People’s Democratic Party this time. The solution lays in stopping to recycle people into political positions.  Let us focus on the youth, encourage them to join politics, and whoever wants to sponsor them for any political position, should critically examine them at the party level, so that they do not gang up against the masses to continue the game of shame.  I was abroad recently, London, Liverpool, Glasgow, Manchester, everything was working. You see technology in the real life situation.

You will see science impacting positively on the people, you see education working. They don’t need to consult the Church, Mosque or Ifa oracle, before they do anything there Education there, is more of a culture, here in Nigeria it is a luxury, most of the public schools here are not patronized by the elites. They prefer to send their children abroad with looted funds. Unfortunately, all sectors of the Nigerian economy are bedeviled. South Sudan seceded, it continues to be at war, so our salvation is not in secession, our salvation is in ensuring everyone realizes his or her negative contribution, and corrects it. Nigerians need a general change of attitude towards work, towards the nation, towards the home, towards themselves, it is highly imperative; we resort to that on time.