62nd Independence: Resolve ASUU Strike As An Anniversary Gift To Nigerians, Bishop Tasks FG

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*says lack of capacity on part of leaders responsible for increasing insecurity

By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

The Bishop of Ibadan North Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rt. Rev. Williams Aladekugbe on Sunday, charged the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to resolve their issues and end the prolonged strike without further delays as a gift to Nigerians as the country marks its 62nd Independence Anniversary.

Rt. Reverend Aladekugbe gave the charge in his sermon at the Special thanksgiving church service to commemorate Nigeria’s 62nd Independence anniversary, held at the Cathedral of St. Peters, Aremo, Ibadan.

The clergy emphasized that there is the need for an end to the prolonged strike as it is seriously affecting the entire teaching and learning system among students and their lecturers across the country.

Rt Reverend Aladekugbe then tasked Nigerians to always be their brothers ‘ keeper and that those in the position of power and authority to use their positions to uplift the less privileged people in the society.

Lamenting the worsening insecurity and economic challenges in the country, Rt Reverend Aladekugbe attributed the development ” to the lack of capacity on the part of those at the helms of affairs.”

Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde while speaking at the Church service asked Nigerians to cast their votes in defence of good governance during the forthcoming general elections in 2023.

Represented by Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun, the governor maintained that Nigerians need to keep hope alive as there is light at the end of the current dark alley in the country.

According to the governor, “despite series of challenges the country is witnessing, the people need not lose hope”, saying, though the country has never been as divided and challenged as seen under the current administration, the governor said ” there is hope of a better tomorrow.”

” A peep at the front cover of any of the national dailies published in Nigeria easily portrays a country in dire straits. But our message today is that of hope. That there is light at the end of the dark alley and like Moses confidently declared to the children of Israel in Exodus 14: 13, the Egyptians whom we see today, we shall see no more forever, Amen”, he said.

Engr Makinde added, ” this time last year, we gathered in this same auditorium to give thanks to the Lord Almighty for making us witness the 61st Independence anniversary of the country. Just like a twinkle of an eye, the clock has turned on another 365 days and we are here to give thanks to the Almighty for the dawn of the 62nd independence anniversary of Nigeria.”

Speaking further, the governor stressed, ” though, the country is facing challenges in the area of security, banditry, kidnapping and other crimes, the government in the state has decided to rise above the national malaise by faithfully implementing its poverty to prosperity agenda, thereby recording a series of life-changing achievements.”

Gov Makinde then urged the electorate to cast their votes in defence of good governance and service delivery during the next general elections,

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