All publications of Isaac Tamson . Suleja , Nigeria
"the Christmas message of bishop Kukah is a compedously articulated voices of all sane Nigerians crying against a government that has butchered governance and desecrate the little achievement of a striving Nation."
Most Northern elites and their tentacles, it seems to me, are addicted to using threats in reacting or responding to opinions on National issues that are contrary to theirs. Perhaps they failed to comprehend the simple truth that: Nigeria, is one nation that belongs to many people of diverse culture, tradition and beliefs, thus besides the variation of human beings, the diversity that characterized our local societies along is capable of planting opinions that'll appear more diverse than the individuality of the citizens and this, no doubt, will reflect in noway other than one person's opinion being different From that of the other.
I earnestly believe that, such difference, no matter the scourge it rage on our emotions, most not only be accepted as being a highly effective catalyst of development, but must be welcomed as a necessary ingredient of both development, growth and peace in any society that truly aspire for betterment.
By acceptance, I do not mean that we must agree with opinions that disagree with ours neither do I suggest that we shouldn't express our disagreement and reservations . Rather I think it is unwise for anyone to react to someone's opinion in a way and manner that threatens the physical dignity and fundamental human Rights of the person. Thus, I'd mean that one should seize such precious opportunity to depose the ignorance that inspired such contrary (perceived wrong) opinion, using argument that stems from superior knowledge, and wisdom.
What is new In the Christmas message of bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, that The Nigerian citizens have not said? There's nothing that the bishop wrote in his message that have not been said by others. And so, the Christmas message of bishop Kukah is a compedously articulated voices of all sane Nigerians crying against a government that has butchered governance and desecrate the little achievement of a striving Nation.
The bishop wrote his Christmas message in an effort to remedy the catastrophically stormy calamity that is thundering the ground- earthquaking the foundations of this our dear nation. If you disagree with him, invest your boiling thoughts in averting the dangers and threats against our freedom, independence, nation and unity that governless government (s) have, over the years, plunge us into. The only question on my mind if I'm avail the opportunity to directly asked those who thought it wise to reproach the esteemed bishop with hard threats is whether such will right the wrongs, light the dark night, and destroy the destruction that is destroying our country today.
Since the day president Muhammadu Buhari came to power, we've been faced with one major challenge that threatens our unity. It is not a new challenge. It always stick it's neck out of thesame circumstances that led to the Nigerian-biafra war. The waves of religious intolerance, and the seeming self coronation of some Northerners as the senior citizens and prefects, with special rights and privileges, elevated and placed above other citizens who merely exist with little or no rights of theirs. This have continue to be the major factor responsible for the expansion of the crack on our fragile unity.
I must warn that no citizen is superior to another. Nigeria is a nation of citizens with equal rights and no one have been conferred with such special authority to deny others citizens the right to live in any part of the nation.
Thus, those who are chanting that Kukah must live sokoto and the ones who threatens his life must be schooled on the consequences of the lyrics of their carelessly composed song. They must be warned that the deployment of such venomous senseless aggression is in itself a call to war and no war have ever served men of sane mind with any good.
ABRAHAM O A T
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"we pay a price when we deprive children of the exposure to the values, principles, and education they need to make them good citizens"
---Sandra Day O' Connor
" Man lives consciously for himself, but serves as an unconscious instrument for the achievement of historical, universally human goals"
According to world bank group as quoted by premiumtimes "Close to 7 million students from primary up to secondary education could drop out(globally) due to the income shock of the (Corona Virus)pandemic alone” adding to the unfortunate fact that, as stated by Adamu Hussaini, a permanent secretary at the ministry of education as at 2017 that "Nigeria has highest number of out-of-school children" living me with no choice but to ask 'Which way Nigeria?
Now, as the whole world learn how to adapt to the the seeming ugly reality, the kwashiorkoric nature of the state of affairs especially in the education sector is something that quickly comes to mind.
While Countries like USA, UK, China, France among others, seems to have had the worst heat of the virus so far, African nations (and Nigeria in particular) on the other hand, remain so far the most affected.
As Government at all levels concentrate their energy on conquering the great enemy(Corona virus), the tantacles of this same enemies are busy raging havoc that are not less terrible on our great nation from another side. Thus our education sector seems to be experiencing dark night with no knowledge of where the light 'is' or probably, the government lacks the 'know how' or the will to switch it on.
But thanks to life builders Initiative, who have not forgotten the song that said "Children are the leaders of tomorrow" thus, taking into account that the " darknight" that our nation is currently facing may be nothing compare to the one that is currently pressing-up against the future if nothing is done with immediacy to prevent that.
No doubt, "the only lightless dark " as stated by Hellen Keller, "is the night of darkness in ignorance and insensibility" and at Camp David- the open wall school - of life builders Initiative, it is evidentially clear that the founder, Dr. Sanwo Olatunji David, and his team of Noble men and women have decided to set the stage for revolutionizing the educational sector by granting the accessibility of the same quality and upto date education (e-learning) which the privileged ones have, to the less privileged that wouldn't afford it . By so doing, they do not only take the lead towards preventing the "lightless dark" but they are also exploring ways to ensure that the light that quench the "lightless dark" may be spread evenly among all children irrespective of any perceived distinction.
While many people, organizations, and agencies, have continue to express great concern on the monumental inequality that have been existing for long in our educational sector with little or no concrete solution offered, life builders Initiative decided to take the bull by the horn by showing solidarity with those that are vulnerable to this great injustice.
And as _Sandra Day O' Connor_ would say "we pay a price when we deprive children of the exposure to the values, principles, and education they need to make them good citizens" thus, the action of life builders Initiative should be a reminder to every person of sound conscience that ( In the words of Leo Tolstoy) "Man lives consciously for himself, but serves as an unconscious instrument for the achievement of historical, universally human goals" and so it is not a one man's problem rather, it is my duty, it is your duty, it is our duty, to ensure the actualization of this shared "human goal"; it is only our collective efforts that'll bridge the gap of inequality and build Bridges of great minds that transcend background. Having in mind that, (quoting the Dutch scholar,
_Desiderius Erasmus_ )"( the )main hope of a(our) nation lies in the proper education of its youth".
REOPENING OF SCHOOLS; THE REALITY WE FAIL TO FACE
ABRAHAM O A T
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if Nigeria is to become a truly independent Nation with the ability to reason in a Nigerian way, if we're to be fully integrated into the body of Nations with true territorial boarder and integrity; then, we must promote the kind of education that enables the development _not duplication _of knowledge, formation of new Ideas, and acquisition of those skills that would, in an order of clear priority, take into account all the elements that makes great and developed nations what they are."
_ABRAHAM O A T
Many things are not just working. Nothing seems to be working now in this our country of holy men and women, or maybe nothing had ever worked at any point in time but the pandemic aid in exposing the depths of this sad reality . the power sector is worsening, the economy is "going down_low, many people are loosing their jobs, the health sector is another case, the entertainment industry have been force to go on unholy holiday, as for the tourist sector, I know we don't have, and I strongly resist the urge to comment on insecurity in it's coat of many colors.
I am still searching for at least one thing that is working, not necessarily perfect but at least something that one can fall back on and beat his chest that this is one good thing that is fifty percent functional without any k-leg in Nigeria. I'm sure someone somewhere might be saying 'the problems of Nigeria are too numerous to mention' and who am I to argue that; when everyone home and abroad can recite the unending litanies of the problems of this our our dear nation called Nigeria? Not to say that we don't have many problems in Nigeria, of course our problems might just be as numerous as stars.
However, the Lord has blessed us with countless blessings but in my opinion, we are suffering from one problem that is frustrating the manifestation of the blessings and all other problems that you can think of ,are nothing but branches of this single problem. the problem is; the reluctance to reason in a Nigerian way and the inability to think and act in today. Till date, we are still reasoning as slaves of others and also thinking and acting with the mindset of 1960.
Now, like I said, our problems is a compedium that comprised of all the unending litanies of problems so also, the solution is one and can compedously, to a large extend, take care of all the problems.
If Nigeria is to become a truly independent Nation with the ability to reason in a Nigerian way, if we're to be fully integrated into the body of Nations with true territorial boarder and integrity; then, we must promote the kind of education that enables the development _not duplication _of knowledge, formation of new Ideas, and acquisition of those skills that would, in an order of clear priority, take into account all the elements that makes great and developed nations what they are.
It is the kind of education that we failed to put in place that is helping other nations now in this trying times to put things in their right places with little or no risk of worsening the situation. it is the kind; that enables China to built rebots that attend to certain duties while the human beings where in isolation, it is the same kind of education that enables Government of countries such as Australia, cooperate organizations and companies, like Twitter and Facebook, to boldly asked their staff to be working from home (forever) if they so desire to. while in Nigeria, Nigerians are been held hostage against their will in some places of work and subjected to hard labour with no complain or risk the Lost of the job in this trying and tough time. In fact, many have already been sacked and thesame fate awaits more others in coming days and months. It is thesame kind of education that informed other Asian countries like Malaysia to declare that schools would now be online till when the time is right for the review of such policy (if need be). It is the lack of that kind of education that compelled the federal government to conceived the idea of lockdown when we were recording low number of covid_19 cases and [continue] to re_open as the number of cases rises. It is still thesame factor that has left the government with little or no option than to contemplate the reopening of schools despite the sufficient knowledge of the dangers of doing so.
The point is ; the modern world is a technology driven world, it's development rely on technology, most of the job opportunities requires one skill or the other in technology, the economy is famely rooted on technology and so also learning has since taken the path of technology. so, it is high time for Nigeria and every Nigerian to face this reality.
Of course it is one reality that we cannot claim ignorance of because the knowledge of the modem way of learning, is as old as the arrival of telecommunication in Nigeria. Our setback is not as a result of ignorance of what to do but it is because of our unwavering allegiance and patronage of Ideas whose time have expired in other climes. When the Chinese first discovered oil; we were nowhere to be found in the place of history, when the United States of America became net importers of oil; that was the period we discovered our own oil, when India was going into technology; we where busy doing our oil business, when Dubai realized that oil wealth would not last and started using their oil Money to transform their country to a place where most Nigerians now visit today; we suddenly realized the reachness in, and the urgent need, to returned to our traditional agriculture.
But this time, we can neither afford to return to the old way of learning nor think ourselves backward. If what Plato said is true that *"necessity is the mother of invention"* then adversity most be a call to action' and so we must never allow times like this to push us into gambling with the life of any one. We all know what it means to send both our Children and the teachers back to the classroom in moments like this when we cannot guarantee their safety. and likewise, we must not allow the bright and colorful destiny of our children to rust like a piece of iron abandoned outside the house. Thus, this is not the time to comtemplate on choices to make but a moment to do the necessary. and so, we must understand that the modern way of learning has since been conceived in the womb of Nigeria and now that it has entered the labour room, it would utterly be unfair to abort or overstressed it; it is now a necessity and not an option.
Also, owing to the fact that we've hard more than enough educated people who are technologically lame and can contribute little or nothing worth measuring using the global standard. We must act now and do so, fastly enough to avoid waking up one day and find our self_acclimated nation and so_ called rich blessed nation, with total and pepertual handicap.