Posted on: 2013-11-23
Source: Communications Dept., Oyo Diocese

It was a thing of joy on Friday, 22 November 2013, as the Catholic Bishop of Oyo, Most Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Badejo, the Clergy, Religious and lay faithful from across the diocese gathered at the Cathedral of our Lady of the Assumption, Asogo, in the ancient town of Oyo to launch the book titled CIVIC EDUCATION IN IRELAND & NIGERIA: A PHILOSOPHICAL, RELIGIOUS AND THEOLOGICAL UNDERSTANDING written by Rev. Fr. Dr. Francis Femi Oladiipo.
Rev. Fr. Dr. Francis Femi Oladiipo was born in Oyo, Nigeria, in 1966. He studied at the Major Seminary of SS peter and Paul, Ibadan and University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. After his degrees in Philosophy and Theology, he got a Grad. Dip. In Development Studies from Development Studies Centre, Dublin, M.A. in Theology (with a specialization in Civic Education) and PhD in Education (with a specialization in Civic Education) from Mater Dei Institute of Education, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland. Ordained a Catholic Priest in Osogbo, Nigeria, in 1994, he has been a pastor in some parishes, diocesan chaplain to some Church organizations and coordinator to Justice, Development and Peace Movement of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo for more than ten years. He has also been involved in training and in formation of many adults and young people in Nigeria and Ireland especially in the areas of faith formation and integral human development. He has contributed a number of scholarly papers to the field of knowledge.
At about 10:35am the MC of the day started by thanking God the Almighty who made the day a reality after which he introduced the guests and dignitaries. Some of the people present were His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Gabriel Leke Abegunrin (the Archbishop elect of Ibadan Archdiocese), Most Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo (Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Oyo and the Chief host of the occasion), Most Rev. Dr. Julius Babatunde Adelakun (the Emeritus Bishop of Oyo Diocese), the book reviewer: Very Rev. Fr. Prof. James Olaogun (Director, ESTU Consultants, Ekiti State University, Ekiti), Chairman of the day: Prof. S. F. Ogundare (HOD, Department of Sociological Studies, Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ogun State), represented by Dr. Adeyemi Adedapo, the Chairperson of the day: Dr. (Mrs) C.M.O. Oyesiji (Deputy Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, South West Zone, Ibadan), among others.
The opening prayer was said by Rev. Sr. Lucia Akinnusoye (the Matron of Atupa Eye Clinic, Iseyin), after which the chief Host, Most Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Badejo welcomes everybody present to this great occasion. The Chairman too, Prof. S.F. Ogundare represented by Dr. Adeyemi Adedapo gave the opening speech and declared the book review and the launching open.
In his presentation, Very Rev. Fr. Prof. James Olaogun gave thanks to God for the opportunity he was given to review this book. He equally thanked the author, Rev. Fr. Dr. Francis Oladiipo and Bishop Emmanuel Badejo for bringing him down to Oyo to be the reviewer of the wonderful book.
He continued by saying that the book has 296 pages and contains seven chapters including bibliography. In his speech, he said that the chapter one of the book which is introduction gave the general overview of the book. According to the author “Civic Education concerns how to teach young people about how to love and behave within society. It is a programme or study that prepares young people for their future responsibilities and rights”.
Chapter two is on the contemporary development of Civil Education. It looks at the deeper effect the subject of Civic Education has on the young people of Ireland and Nigeria in the areas of patriotism, tolerance, diversity and religion for the society and nation building. The chapter also develops the morality of the young people on how to become more active and important citizens in the society.
Chapter three establishes the philosophical understanding of the concept of solidarity and its application in Civic Education and its important meaning in life. It provides the theological frame work for the entire growth and offers three major ethical theories that can be approximately understood in ethics...and applicable within its content in Civic Education.
The sensitive issue of Religious understanding of solidarity is discoursed in chapter four while the concept of the theological understanding of solidarity is fully explained in chapter five. Solidarity in this chapter is seen as a tool for development based on justice ... and it is a theological virtue of charity.
Chapter six, which is the contribution of solidarity to an enriched Civic Education, is the integration of philosophy, religion and theology centred on universal concept. In conclusion, the book comes descriptive in approach by considering how Civic Education could become effective in a democratic and more liberal multi-cultural society says Fr. Prof. James Olaogun.
In his remarks, the Emeritus Bishop of Oyo, Most Rev. Dr. Julius Babatunde Adelakun said about the author that he has been a hard working person and devoted person right from time. Baba Adelakun said “the door to success is hard work” and he encouraged all that in whatever we do, we must try hard and with the blessing of Almighty God, we shall achieve success.
In his speech, Rev. Fr. Dr. Francis ‘Femi Oladiipo, the author of the book, gave thanks to God for making the book a reality. He continued by saying that “since the Nigerian government took over the mission schools in the 70s, there has been a serious decline in the moral formation of students”. In addition to that, Civics seized to be a subject but was taught as a topic under other subjects like Social Studies and History but it was re-introduced in the year 2007.
As a result of government taking over the schools and remover of subjects that can build people’s morality, many young people were involved in the act of immorality, stealing, vandalism, rioter behaviour in public places, lack of respect for elders, fraud known as 419 in Nigeria, act of kidnapping, lack of solidarity in the society etc. The Catholic Church must continue her role in morality building and that is why some private mission schools were built not just for Catholics but also for non-Catholics and non-Christians alike. These schools have helped in building discipline and act of respect in our children. In addition, in order to help children in the public schools, the organ of Justice, Development and Peace Movement of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo has worked with principals and teachers in Oyo, Ogbomoso and Oke-Ogun areas. Since the year 2000, about 35 schools have enjoyed the benefit of this collaboration with the establishment of about 15 Civic clubs in our schools.
Fr. Oladiipo established the fact that our bishops: Baba Julius Adelakun, Gabriel Abegunrin, and Emmanuel Badejo asked him to do some research on Civic Education and during the course of his studies in Ireland, he discovered that the research of this kind cannot be limited to a particular ethnic group because of the multi-cultural nature of our society and the experience of inter-dependence in our world today. And that is the origin of this book. He concluded by saying that “it is when we have a responsible citizens that we can collaborate to build our dear nation together”.
The vote of thanks was given by the organizing committee chairman, Comrade Kule Ajibola and the closing prayer by Rev. Fr. Jerome Ogunleye while the blessing was given by His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Gabriel Leke Abegunrin, the Archbishop elect of Ibadan Archdiocese.