Bishop Cyril C. Okoroch Ph.D of the Anglican Diocese of Owerri has decried the sordid state of affairs in Nigerian schools, blaming it on the leaders who held these schools established by the missionary for 40 years before returning them.
In his Presidential Address, yesterday, at the 3rd session of the 19th Synod of the Diocese of Owerri, Bishop Okorocha stated that the destruction of our school system and the education system was done by those who were brought up by the Western Christian Missionaries.
He pointed out that the former Head of State, Gen.Yakubu Gowon, in whose regime the schools were taken over, was trained at St. Paul’s School Gindiri.
Down in the former East Central State, the Bishop lamented, the administrator of the state, Late Ukpabi Asika who hailed from Onitsha, the historic bridge-head of the CMS Niger Mission, assisted Gowon.
The Bishop said that these leaders turned themselves into enemies of their own emancipators.
“For 40 years, the sons of the Church snatched and ravaged our schools, destroyed our school system and the education system that gave them sight and freedom,” the Bishop said.
He said that after40 years, they returned the schools as rags and evil forests and with no apologies or adequate compensation.
According to him, the Church of old would have rejected “these rags and evil forests”, but things have already fallen apart and within her ranks.
Reflecting on the Boko Haram disturbances, the prelate reasoned that it could be an expression of anger against a church and her children.
According to him, Boko Haramism or ISIS is against “decadent, often pornographic, Western culture and liberal modernist education and the attendant secular, immoral selfish and godless economic system which pays no heed to the life transforming social, ethical and moral values which gave the original education system of the Christian and missionary movement its positively transforming power.
Bishop Okorocha pointed out that expo was born when education died in 1970 and campus cultism, prostitution, pornography and the rot followed.
All these, he said, were under the guise of free thinking and campus radicalism.
He, however, stated emphatically that ISIS or Boko Haram was not the answer and called for a return to base “as there is no place like home”.