By Our Correspondent, Bauchi
Bishop Hilary Dachelem, the Catholic Bishop, Bauchi and Gombe Dioceses, on Wednesday, said that Nigerians needed a mental restructuring before any other restructuring in the country.
The Bishop made the comment in Bauchi shortly after the 2021 intra-school debate competition which took place at Immaculate Conception Secondary School, Bauchi with the motion: ‘This House believes that Nigeria should be Restructured’.
Dachelem, who was impressed by the debaters’ prowess of presentation of their motions throughout the debate, reiterated that restructuring of the minds should be the priority of all and sundry.
“The students are awesome, they were able to make presentations from different perspectives and each of them has a lot to contribute in that matter.
“The arguments are logical, rational and epistemically validated but the issue is that the first thing we need is the restructuring of our minds.
“I keep saying it, our mindsets first. That mental restructuring, re-orientation, redirection and reorganization of our minds. That’s what we need first.
“However, the question is, can we give what we don’t have? Who is to do it, where and how. That is the question now.
“Based on the arguments they presented, you can not use an analogue solution for a digital situation, you can’t use an archaic solution for a contemporary situation and that’s the point,” said the Bishop.
He further observed that, “We are trying to put a round peck in a square hole and it can not work. Something must happen that is done differently to get a different result.
“This is because what we are passing through is not exactly the same variables that occurred previously. The variables have changed, the indices have changed, the permutations have changed and the solution must also change,” he said.
Also speaking, Alhaji Nuru Kobi, the state Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), said that the debate gave him the courage and confidence that Nigeria could be better.
He explained that watching the debaters presenting their views and motions, he felt that the Nigeria’ standard of education was still on course.
Represented by Mrs Mary Mangaji, Assistant Director, NOA, Bauchi, the director also said that the debaters’ arguments could proffer possible solutions to what the country needed.
“My observation so far from this debate is that it gives me courage and confidence that Nigeria can still be better and by their arguments, both sides are bringing solutions to what Nigeria needs.
“One group is arguing that Nigeria should be restructured, the other is saying that it should be the way it is. In all of their arguments, Nigeria can get the solutions we need to make a change.
“The way the students are speaking, they give me courage that the standard of education in Nigeria is still on a good and acceptable side and by their arguments, they will have the knowledge that they also have to do something to bring a change about this country,” he said.
The group supporting the motion ‘This House believes that Nigeria should be Restructured’ won the debate with 232 points while the group against the motion garnered 223 points.
Other debate motions during the intra-school debate include ‘Religious Pilgrimage is not the responsibility of the Nigeria Government’ where the group supporting the motion scored 250 points while the opposition group got 235.
Also in ‘This House believes that the Federal Government of Nigeria should lower the voting Age from 18years to 16years’ where the opposition group garnered 254 points as against the group supporting the motion which got 253 points.
The Overall Best Speaker in the 4th intra-School Parliamentary Debate Competition of the Immaculate Conception Secondary School was given to Valentina Datau.