Theological education’s critical roles in raising capable leaders By Emmanuel Oyemomi  Going back the memory lane, as far as Nigeria isconcerned, I don’t think we have a solid plan. What we have has been a legacy andthe impact of theological education has brought into the nation. Some greatinstitutions that are renowned for this – Harvard, Oxford, etc. have become thecream of the whole world. History made us know they started as seminaries butthese institutions later metamorphosed into other areas of education. JC Pool, the first Principal of the NigerianBaptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomosho was offered a license for a chartedUniversity by the then President, Dr Azikiwe which was rejected.   The same Seminary later became the firstdegree awarding institution in Nigeria. As far as this nation and Africa are concerned,writing and education are not our heritage. Treasures not documented andwhatever education is in Nigeria is heritage and an aftermath of TheologicalEducation in Nigeria. All the schools government took over started as missionschools and government was not maintaining the legacy of the mission schools. Whenyou talk of academic integrity and soundness, we find them among the missionschools across the country. They are still functional and focused in providingsound education. Government keyed into education and made it apolitical matter to fight religion. This is through legislation against the schools.History was also doctored out of the curriculum. Several subjects have been removedas well. The nation has lost its bearing in terms ofeducation with consistent strikes by ASUU which affect the future of thestudents.   We are yet to get our bearingin education. Late Chieg Obafemi Awolowo ensured education became a natural priorityto benefit the citizens but the reverse is the case today. It is worrisome thatwe have no value for education as the state of the nation’s educational systemis lamentable. Impact  The impact of theological education is multifaceted, as Theological Education gave birthto several churches. It also gave birth to the proliferation of schools. These arethe immediate impact but in the 1950’s, primary school in those days werevirtually free education. If children were very intelligent, themissionaries gave scholarships to children. As a nation, we have no value foreducation. The people who had primary education to standard 6 in those days canbe compared with a graduate today.   Themissionaries hired such standard 6 graduates and so many lives have beenuplifted. Missionaries hired them for several jobs in public sectororganizations. Help  Theological Education must be given a space toshape leaders. We need to watch the track records of our leaders. Our leaderseven boast that our votes mean nothing to them. We have a crop of leaders who have notrack records and all they do is to manipulate. Theological education has been ostracized. In thelast few years, Theological Education has been waged war against.   It is a threat/war against the source of Peacewhich is GOD. Theological Education can have a great impact on ourleaders which is a study about GOD. It is education that gives a transformationto be godly. In   Theological Education,you are taught how you must have concern for fellow human beings, whenutilized, the impact is huge. Theological Education indicates that God isindivisible, most people with sound theological education act right. Theological education can train people who will useand lead the people. Theological education has produced leaders for the countrywho are functioning in various places. Theological education has helped peopleto be versatile but they are being massacred due to selfishness, nepotism andtribalism in the country. God authenticates Theological education as we willall return to God. - [ ] •Oyemomi, a professor, is Rector, Baptist College of Theology, Lagos.
Atiku and Wike
By Miftaudeen Raji 

Governorship candidates on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP have disclosed their last step towards proffering a lasting solution to the long-running political row between the party’s presidential flag bearer, Abubakar Atiku and Governor Nyesom Wike of River State.

The PDP governorship candidates, Vanguard learnt, are going to meet with the National Working Committee of the PDP to take a decision shortly.

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More facts have emerged on the proposed meeting with the PDP NWC as one of the PDP governorship candidates in Kaduna State, Isa Mohammed Ashiru signaled that the crisis between Atiku and Wike is already resolved.

“We are going to meet with the National Working Committee to take a decision,” he said.

He added that they (PDP governorship candidates) are meeting with the PDP NWC to take a decision on the matter.

Earlier, Ashiru had led a delegation of 16 other PDP governorship candidates including  Katsina, Sokoto, Jigawa, to meet with Wike at his private residence in Rumueprikon, Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers state.

The PDP candidates appealed to Wike to support the presidency of Atiku and his running mate, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, as well as the party’s National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu.

At the meeting which lasted for about two hours, Vanguard learnt that the PDP governorship candidates specifically appealed to Wike to forgive Atiku and Ayu.

The meeting, according to Ashiru, was fruitful and sincere. 

His words, “We are home and dry. We discussed issues that border on the situation within the party.

“The issues have been resolved as far as I’m concerned because we have heard from both sides.”

Recall that Wike has been at loggerheads with Atiku following the fallout of the party primaries in May. 

The Rivers State governor was upset with the selection of Okowo as Atiku’s choice of vice presidential candidate.


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