By James Ogunnaike
The Primate of the African Church, Nigeria and Overseas, His Eminence, Julius Olayinka Abbe, has warned the federal government to urgently address all the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike for the 8-month strike in the interests of students and the entire nation.
Primate Abbe gave the warning while addressing reporters as part of activities to announce the 3rd Biennial African Church Conference, hosted by James Cathedral, Ajegunle, Diocese of Anago, Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State .
He said that part of the demand from university professors is to improve the facilities of public universities so that they can compete favorably with their counterparts in the world.
He said that “our lecturers are not only talking about their salaries and the IPPIS System, the improvement of facilities in our institutions, the essence of research and research grants are among other demands.”
“All of this affects both teachers and students. We have been fooled by mouthpiece service for far too long. Our institutions do not qualify to be among the top 100 in the world. It is very unfortunate. Enough of politicking with our educational system ”.
“I urge everyone concerned about the ongoing government and ASUU meetings to conclude and bring all decisions to life before the end of the year. The year 2021 should start on a bright note for our institutions ”.
Speaking about the recent #EndSARS protest that devastated the country, the clergyman described it as a wake-up call to the nation’s political leaders to shoulder their responsibilities to deliver democracy dividends in every corner of the country.
He said: “Wake up from your lethargy and go about your daily tasks. This is the summary of the action of our youth ”.
“These young people deserve our thanks for serving as catalysts for good governance. It is unfortunate that the ugly incident that occurred at Lekki Toll Plaza occurred. We sympathize with all those who lost their loved ones and belongings in the course of the protest. We strongly condemn the retaliatory attack, which caused the destruction of our common heritage and innocent lives. “
“The importance of the whole thing is that everyone who is in a position of government must realize that the people are watching. The life of opulence is not the exclusive domain of a few. Let the dividends of governance spread to the people. They have eyes to see. Know that it is a hoax for anyone to try to hide behind a finger. The ostrich that hides its head must know that all other parts of the body are outdoors. People are watching. Let’s reason together. Let us take care of and love each other ”.
He noted that “our country is going through a most difficult moment, almost on the edge of a precipice. To be honest, nothing seems to work in the country. Imagine a 60-year-old man who is still crawling. Nigeria is indeed a paradox. It is a country of five talents governed by leaders of “one talent”. It’s time for us to go back to the drawing board and modify our shapes. “
Regarding the CAMA law signed, Primate Abbe revealed that although the government’s motivation regarding CAMA is good, it is necessary that every organization, be it religious or social, is registered in a regulatory body, he pointed out that some clauses found in the act that gave rise to the law are very worrying.
“He described the provision that the government will have powers to dismiss or dissolve the organization’s Board of Trustees if they are found to be deficient in any area of their functions as concerning.
“The government also reserves the right to appoint a new board that may not have any relationship with the organization. What do you think would happen if a non-Christian is appointed as administrator to take over a church? The answer is better imagined ”.
He said that the government must address the general problems in the country, which include food sufficiency, a good and passable road network, a constant and constant power supply, among others, to rekindle the confidence level of the population.