CHRISTIAN MORALEDUCATIONAS INSTRUMENT FOR NATIONALDEVELOPMENT:ACONTEXT OFHIGHER INSTITUTIONS IN NIGERIA
There is a growing moral decay in the society and in our higher institutions of higher learning in Nigeria. These moral decadences are some of the obvious antisocial behaviours inherent and exhibited by the youths in our societies today. Some of these antisocial behaviours which include: prostitution, armed robbery, cyber-criminality or “yahoo yahoo”, examination malpractice, cultism, drug abuse etc., are the menaces that have characterized various higher institutions in Nigeria. This is worrisome and a big threat to both our political, economic, social and cultural development in Nigeria. This is because there is no nation in the world that can succeed if her youths- the economic manpower, political and social strength of the nation - are plagued with all forms of antisocial and immoral behavious that project a negative image of their nation to the world. It is against this back drop, that it becomes necessary to examine the role of Christian moral education in higher institutions in Nigeria and its potency at checkmating youthful exuberances. It is needless to say that Nigeria is notoriously and incurably religious, nevertheless, there is still high level of moral decay all around from the street to our campuses. This paper therefore, argued that if Christian moral education is correctly position in higher institutions in Nigeria, there is the tendency it would become an instrument for modeling particularly the youth for national development. Development in this study is conceived as a 'whole', one that speaks to every aspect of national life, be it economic, political, educational and socio-cultural. Using the prescriptive method, the study adopts secondary sources and draws it conclusions from existing works that are related to the topic under investigation. The findings from the study revealed that Christian moral education, using the Holy Bible as a tool, is a potent instrument for moral transformation that will translate into national development. It then recommends that further study be carried out on the moral nature of education and the role of teachers as moral agents in higher education in Nigeria.