We’re reaping what we sowed!


*Bishop Kukah laments, says Nigerian leaders stumble, fumble

*That over 60yrs leaders struggled to put Nigeria in proper shape

*Regrets that they feast rather than fast

*That the result is hang over that left Nigeria in comatose

By our correspondent

Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, has said Nigerian leaders have stumbled and fumbled while searching for the way home.

He said this in his Easter message to the nation on Sunday.

The cleric said for over 60 years, our leaders have been struggling to put the nation in proper shape.

“Our leaders chose the feast rather than the fast. We are today reaping what we sowed yesterday. For over 60 years, our leaders have looked like men in a drunken stupor, staggering, stumbling and fumbling, slurring in speech, with blurred visions searching for the way home.

“The corruption of the years of a life of immoral and sordid debauchery has spread like cancer destroying all our vital organs. The result is a state of a hangover that has left our nation comatose.

“Notwithstanding, Easter is a time to further reflect on the road not taken. It is a time to see if this Golgotha of pain can lead us to the new dawn of the resurrection. Nigeria can and Nigeria will be great again. Let us ride this tide together in hope.”

He charged the Federal Government to come up with urgent steps to put the nation on the path of healing.

He said, “The government must design a more comprehensive and wide-ranging method of recruitment that is transparent as a means of generating patriotism and reversing the ugly face of feudalism and prebendalism

“There is a need for a clear communications strategy that will serve to inspire and create timelines of expectations of results from policies.

“There is a need for clarity over questions of the who, what, when, and how national set goals are to be attained and who can be held accountable.

“Second, the notion of rejigging the security architecture is a hackneyed cliché that is now at best, an oxymoron. It is difficult to fathom our current situation regarding the ubiquity of the military in our national life. It is impossible to explain how we can say we are in a civilian democracy with the military literally looking like an Army of occupation with an octopussean spread across all 36 states and Abuja.

“This has very serious consequences both for its professionalism, its integrity and perceived role in protecting society. No other person than the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, who recently referred to the military as facing the dilemma of what he called ‘see finish.’ It is now difficult to say whether the persistence of insecurity is a cause or a consequence of military ubiquity.

”Trillions of naira continue to go into bottomless pits with little measurable benefits. Our military’s professionalism cannot be diluted by the recruitment of hunters, vigilante groups, and other unprofessional and untrained groups.”

Gifted Nigerian students set to break world records

In a bid to set a new World Record as the Largest Mathematics Lesson involving 5000 Nigerian Students, the International Academy for the Gifted (IAGIFTED) in collaboration with Ogun State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and State tertiary institutions has Organised camping system for selected students in Secondary Schools across the State.

Underscoring the importance of the programme, the Coordinator, Prof. Adewale Solarin explained that the project which would be coming up at Dipo Dina International Stadium, Ijebu-Ode in August, is aimed at identifying Gifted Nigerian Students in both Junior and Senior Secondary Schools who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) subjects and build them up to become world-class geniuses and leaders.

Prof. Solarin explained that it was an initiative towards improving their quality of participation in STEAM Education and make them achieve their highest potentials, for them to be able to compete favourably with gifted youths of the world in achievements, through an enduring partnership network amongst academics in Nigerian Universities, Nigerian Academics in Diaspora and Leadership Development Agencies.

He said “The immediate interests are on enhancing mentorship programmes for all gifted youths identified through annual Nation-Wide Talent Search Competition for Secondary Schools Learners, using various instruments designed by IAGIFTED, like intelligent tests, puzzles and Rubik’s cube solutions”.

Prof. Solarin, according to Mr. Samuel Ogungbesan, Head of Media Unit, highlighted the format of the event to include; Nation-wide online STEAM competition for about 1,000,000 Junior Secondary School (JSS) and Senior Secondary School (SSS) students to be conducted in three stages: such as, Aptitude Test, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics Physics and art subjects for first stage, with top 1000 to be invited to participate in the Guinness World Record Event.

He noted that the second stage would have top 10 percentage of participants in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics and Art Subjects, saying that the third stage would cover Gifted STEAM Camp with top 20 boys and girls to be invited to a 2-week STEAM and Leadership Training Camp to produce winners in areas like; Gifted STEAM King and Queen, Gifted Biology King and Queen, Gifted Chemistry King and Queen, Gifted Computer Science King and Queen, Gifted Mathematics King and Queen and Gifted Physics King and Queen.

Solarin assured that adequate and maximum security measures have been put in place to ensure safety of lives and properties, adding that all hand must be on desk to ascertain the success of the project.