The former Interim Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande, has blamed the current economic crisis in Nigeria on the military incursion into politics and governance.
This, he said, had entrenched a culture of laziness, corruption and lawlessness into many Nigerians.
Akande said this in a speech he delivered on Wednesday in Otan Ayegbaju, Osun State during the inauguration of a block of 10 classrooms which the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) named after him.
Akande, who is also a former governor of Osun State, said missionary schools were institutions for moral instructions before the military forcefully took them over from their original owners.
He explained that the takeover of missionary schools by the military laid the foundation for the collapse of morals in schools and eventual emergence of leaders of questionable characters.
He said, “Therefore to take over schools from the missionaries is equivalent to an attempt to expunge morality from the lives of the Nigerian children.
“Military intervention in governance itself is immoral and ungodly. Those Nigerian military adventurists, who forcefully seized power in Nigeria deliberately, came to violently loot our resources.
“In order to lay the foundation for their stupendous immorality and corruption, the military had to snatch schools’ from the missionaries and retired men and women with some moral credentials who were old products of the missionary schools.
“Consequently, today, fraudsters, drug barons, thugs and vagabonds compete effectively and successfully to displace gentlemen and women of moral integrity from the leadership space.
“The overall result of the military interventions in governance in our polity is the pain Nigeria suffers today from lawless and lackadaisical attitude of everybody to work. The resultant effect of the populace’s criminal attitude to work is a major plank providing the bedrock for the ongoing economic recession in our country.”
He said the way forward was for missionaries to run schools side by side with other educational stakeholders in order to enable them to a produce future players in the labour market.
Akande also urged governments at all levels to grant aid to the missionaries to the tune of tuition fees payable by pupils in public schools.
The Bishop of Osun North East Diocese of the Anglican Church, Rt. Revd. Humphrey Olumakaiye, had earlier in his speech appealed to the Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, to return schools to their original owners before the end of his second term in office.
Olumakaiye said this would ensure good academic quality and restoration of morals to the schools.
The Archbishop Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria ( Anglican Communion) Most Revd. Nicholas Okoh, said in his speech that there was hope that Nigeria could still be great despite the problems confronting it.