By: Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Muslim community has held its 27th Annual Ramadan Lecture, to commemorate this year’s Ramadan Fasting.
Welcoming members of the Muslim community and guests to the lecturer, the University Amir, Professor Kehinde Okeleye, appreciated the University Management and most especially, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, for finding time to attend the lecture.
He revealed that the sum of Forty Six Million, Two Hundred and Ninety-Six Naira (N46,000,296) had so far been spent on the building of the University mosque, of which about 85.2 per cent of the money was realised from members’ monthly payment, through salary deductions, while the rest was generated from external donations from FUNAAB Muslims Community.
He charged members to pay attention to the day’s lecture and wished all Muslim faithful successful completion of the Ramadan fast.
Delivering the lecture for the day titled: “Mis-education of Muslims: Issues and Way Out”, the Guest Lecturer, Dr. Ahmad Yahya stressed the importance of religion in education by stating that the genesis of education is found in religion.
According to him, education was a serious business that has to be taken seriously, and should not be left in the hands of any person to run.
He tasked every community to value the education of their people, saying that a serious country should not let education be run by private individuals, as it was becoming of Nigeria, with numerous private schools across all levels.
Dr. Yahya gave a brief history of education in the country, to revolve around commerce, religion and colonisation.
According to him, the early educationists came in as missionaries, by building schools, hospitals and churches, in the Southern part of the country, with the establishment of Qur’anic schools in the Northern part; a movement the people consented to.
According to Dr. Yahya, no one can educate an individual without his or her consent.
Thus, whoever wants to get mis-educated must have given his or her consent.
He tasked various individuals and the government, to get involved in educating the masses than the private sector does. For teaching and learning to take place, he stressed that engagement was very important, while he admonished all professional teachers to be more interested in learning than in teaching.