Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Abeokuta Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB), Ogun State, Prof. Bolanle Akeredolu said Thursday that Nigeria needs an “urgent and desperate rescue” in the face of the myriad challenges the nation is facing.
Akeredolu-Ale, a communications expert and researcher, spoke in Abeokuta while delivering a keynote address entitled “Nigeria in Turbulence, Nigeria adrift, Nigeria at 61” during the Independence Day 2021 Anniversary Lecture organized by the Nigerian Labor Congress in Ogun State.
She said Nigeria was “full of corruption, injustice, conflict, violence, fear, fear, insecurity and terrible human suffering”.
The DVC also identified ignorance, impunity, greed, escalation of materialism and worldliness as some of the factors contributing to the “dilemmas of the Nigerian situation”.
Akeredolu-Ale also complained that after 61 years of independence, the Nigerian economy “is particularly troubled and far from adequately or adequately responding to the needs of Nigerians”.
She said, “The current situation in Nigeria is very dire, both in terms of extent and depth of depravity. Today, more than ever, Nigeria is in turmoil and on the run. As mentioned earlier, it is full of corruption, injustice, conflict, violence, fear, fear, insecurity, terrible human suffering ruin should be stopped and undone.
“The love of money, worldly devices, and the joys of the flesh, and the resulting escalation of the desperate rat race to acquire these things, have overwhelmed our ethical concerns, particularly concerns about justice, truth, compassion, harmony, and peace.”
Akeredolu-Ale attributed the causes of Nigeria’s challenges to “the failures that have occurred and continue to occur in the education, guidance and care of children and adolescents, or the response of youth to the ongoing abuse by the parent generation and the prevailing generation economic, social and political order or both. “
She stated that young Nigerians are “economically, socially, culturally, emotionally and mentally alienated”.
Akeredolu-Ale continued: “The youth situation is characterized by ubiquitous neglect and / or deception by parents; acute lack of opportunities for effective overall development; full exposure of the youth to a serious crisis of values, even if institutions and processes of moral education and orientation themselves become weaker and less effective.
“Nigeria not only abuses its youth, it harasses, frustrates, humiliates and demoralizes them, and in very large numbers.
“Young people in large numbers in Nigeria and around the world are bombarded with messages that emphasize competition, consumption and ‘the good life’, but most of them find that they lack a fair chance to compete successfully, as well how to give them the means to participate in the consumption frenzy or the good life that such participation is supposed to entail.
“What is happening now seems that young people in Nigeria had about as much as they would take from an abusive and very frustrating life.”