President Goodluck Jonathan has blamed Nigeria for the crimes in the country stating that Nigerian parents were now paying for expo in examinations and also sponsoring wonder centres for Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) for their children leading to the failure of the Nigerian society.
The president, who was represented by the Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Ms. Amal Pepple, stated this on Friday in Abuja the official opening of the National Christian campaign on social transformation, titled: ‘Be the change you want to see’.
He said “the whole society has failed, that is one reason we have incidents of cultism, armed robbery, murder, ritual killing, drugs, sale of babies, kidnapping and sexual immorality.
“Indeed we have lost our moral values and principles. So much has gone wrong in our family life, schools, churches and society in general. We have lost the values of hard-work, respect for elders, truthfulness, contentment, for Godliness with contentment is great gain, humility, patience, compassion, fairness, love, justice, obedience, and all other vices, are all lost. Our priorities are misplaced.
“It would appear we have the society we deserve. We, therefore, need both moral and spiritual transformation. We need to return to God. Study and obey the word of God, which is able to cleanse us,” he said.
The president further noted that most teachers were no longer committed and had become business men and women, through sale of handouts before students can pass, asking of favours from students to award pass marks.
The president said the society needed both moral and spiritual transformation, stating : “The whole society has failed, that is one reason we have incidents of cultism, armed robbery, murder, ritual killings, drugs, sales of babies, kidnapping, sexual immorality, and other vices.”
Jonathan called on the church to lead the return to good values and morals and bring the much needed transformation in the society.
President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor said change could only take place when an individual decided to change for the better rather than expecting it from other people.
He said: “For this country to change for the better, I must change. I should not expect the change to come from others first. It must begin with me. That is why all the three books on social transformation given out today must be studied very well by all, in order to effect the change we desire in our country.”