By Chidi Nkwopara
A retired judge of Imo State High Court, Hon. Justice G.C. Ihekire, has expressed regret that the quality of education had drastically fallen, while the Nigerian society was ruled by the get-rich-quick syndrome.
Justice Ihekire made the lamentation in a keynote address delivered during the launch of a book, “Nigeria at 50: The rebirth of a great nation”, written by renowned surgeon, Dr. Iheanyichukwu I. Anyadiegwu.
He said: “These days, the state of education is at its lowest ebb. Over the years, book reading, which is the very foundation of learning and advancement, has suffered untold neglect in Nigeria.”
Noting that Nigerians had been carried away by television, computer and internet technologies, the erudite judge, however, reasoned that the effect of this was that the reading culture in Nigeria had become history.
In his message, the Bishop of Okigwe North Anglican Diocese, Rt. Rev. Godson Ukanwa, wondered why only wealthy Nigerians were elected into public offices.
Extolling the author for publishing the book at the right time, the Bishop, who was represented by Venerable Justus O. Ndukwu, also said that in writing the book, Dr. Anyadiegwu was visibly worried about the sagging fortunes of Nigeria.
Welcoming his guests earlier, Anyadiegwu warned that “we must make sure we move beyond our past, repent, rectify and take responsibility for our deeds.”
He also cautioned that “we need to take our future out of the old order and firmly gasp our destiny by laying to rest certain issues that divide us, trim our excesses or they wouldn’t let us know when to apply the brakes, so that we don’t crash.”