By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu
The Vice Chancellor, Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, Prof. Dapo Asaju, and the Chairman, First City Monument Bank, Dr. Michael Olasubomi Balogun, have separately called on the Anglican Communion (Nigeria), to document all historic sites of the Communion with a view to turning them to monuments and heritage sites.
They made the call recently at the launch of the “First Church in Lagos: History of Holy Trinity Church, Ebute-Ero, 1852 – 2016,” in Lagos.
Otunba Balogun, who was the chairman of the occasion, spoke through his son Bolaji. He called on the Federal Government to return History into the “learning curriculum of our schools”.
Otunba Balogun said: 'A nation which does not know where it is coming from is likely not to know where it is going. One of the saddest things for me is that we no longer teach History in our schools.
'All our historic sites in the Anglican Communion, everything that is important to Christianity and the history of Christianity and Anglican Church in Nigeria should be documented and turned to heritage sites.'
The author of the book and Associate Professor of History, Dr. Paul Osifodunrin, also lent his voice to the call when he said: 'Lagos State Government should turn the Holy Trinity Church, Ebute- Ero, to a cultural heritage centre.
'That is the proper thing to do. Once that it is done, the glory of the church will soar.'
Also speaking, Prof Asaju, who reviewed the book, said it was unfortunate that with the role Ajayi Crowther played in bringing Anglicanism to Nigeria and translating the Bible into Yoruba, no government had deemed it fit to recognize him and give him any award. While justifying his position, he said the body of Crowther lay in Holy Trinity Ebute – Ero, while that of Bishop Henry Jones, founder of St Andrew's College, Oyo, with his wife, lay in the school.