Cleric Tasks Govt on Need for Moral Instruction in Schools


The Senior Pastor of Praise Arena, Pastor Jummy Adetoyese-Olagunju has appealed to state governments across the country to reintroduce moral instruction as a main subject in the educational mainstream curriculum and set up programmes that would help in celebrating honesty, faithfulness and patriotism among youths within their states. Olagunju made this known at the 2018 couple’s dinner organised by the church recently in Lagos. The programme tagged ‘Stronger Bond, Greater Joy’, brought together hundreds of families and Christians faithful which featured song renditions, teachings, counselling, and prophetic declaration on homes.

According to him, “we would only be building learned monsters that are not humane, honest and patriotic if moral instruction is not reintroduced back into the Nigerian educational curriculum.” He noted that there are more educated people in position of authority across the country but recent statistics show that Nigeria is still high up in the global corruption index.
He opined that corruption in leadership position is worrisome, and is because the needed moral values that are needed to have been instilled in them when they were ordinarily citizens are missing thus, they cannot give what they do not have.

Olagunju continued, “we need to reintroduce moral instruction as main subject that will teach leadership, selfless service, patriotism, respect for rule of law, and compulsory community service which would prepare today’s children to become selfless leaders who will serve the Nation with love of the people in mind.”

He lamented that many youths join cults and engage in nefarious activities because they are disillusioned with the system that does not have reward for honesty and faithfulness, as corrupt people keep getting accolade for all the wrong reasons.

Adetoyese, who lamented the recent upsurge of drug abuse and addiction among young Nigerians, said that some of the underpinning actors for high rate of drug abuse are the high rate of divorces, challenges posed by being single parents and failure by parents to instil Godly values in the children

“Nigeria needs urgent attention as government and non-state actors to step up their intervention campaign against drug abuse by promoting and supporting healthy homes and responsible parenting,” he said. He cited a statistics in the United State of America which states that 70 per cent of children in prisons or reformation homes are by-products of broken family.