Bishop David Oyedepo of Living Faith Church worldwide has warned that any attempt by any group to Islamise the country or any drive of Islamic supremacy will lead to unending crises. The Bishop said this in his address titled The True Value of Education at the 12th convocation ceremony of the Covenant University owned by the Church in Otta, Ogun State.
According to him, for Nigeria to have peace there must be justice while maintaining that for Fulani herdsmen to abandon their cattle and engage in gun shooting training, possess enough funds to purchase ammunitions, then something is wrong somewhere. “”I can’t imagine how herdsmen would abandon their cattle and go for training on how to use guns and other ammunitions they use to perpetuate their heinous crimes. The forces behind this wanton destruction shall be exposed, Nigeria will not know war again and the land will stop drinking blood”, he said. The Chancellor of the Covenant University stressed that the true value of education is in creating solution adding that no value in any education that does not add value to humanity and leave the world a better place.
“We are cumbered with economic challenges, poor educational infrastructure, unemployment, the only way to tackle these is to possess the contributors’ mentality and add value to humanity”, he said. The key note address speaker, Ms Cecilia Akintomide, former Vice President and Secretary General, African Development Bank spoke on Leadership by Products: The Role of Universities. She charged universities to produce graduates, generate knowledge through research and disseminate knowledge all for the ultimate objective of improving lives.
The keynote speaker charged the graduating students to impact their society, see challenges confronting the country as huge opportunities and never to accept mediocrity. “I urge Nigerian universities to engage in research for the purpose of speeding up the pace of development by exploring collaborations and partnerships with institutions and private sector because research is another product that defines a university’s leadership status”, she said.
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