- Quality education is the best way out of the scourge of insecurity in Nigeria
- This was the submission of Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday, May 21
- The former president noted that the Nigerian leadership must take comprehensive education of children as a priority
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A former Nigerian president has suggested what the leadership must embark on now to get the country out of the grip of terrorism in all of its forms.
Speaking at the commissioning of the Professor Abayomi Oluwatosin Jiboku Building and Entrepreneurship Centre in Lariken International College in Ibadan, Obasanjo on Friday, May 21, pointed at quality education for Nigerian children and youths as one of the best solutions to the menacing problem, Nigerian Tribune reports.
Obasanjo stressed that unless the federal government prioritises sustained quality training and education for citizens, the nation will continue to suffer the painful consequences of criminality which have exhibited itself in banditry, terrorism, and most recent of all, kidnapping.
“If we are going to get out of insecurity, banditry, Boko Haram, kidnapping, and other criminalities, we will have a long gestation period of training and educating all Nigerian children.
“Education is the beginning of the life well-lived. God has given each and every one of us the innate ability.
He went on to note that there must be a paradigm shift in values both individually and nationally.
Obasanjo lamented that money and materialism have eroded other core values that brought Nigeria to the limelight in the past.
Meanwhile, the minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, had revealed that despite the rising insecurity in Nigeria, all his children were in public school.
Nwajiuba's pronouncement was disclosed in a tweet by Lauretta Onochie, a presidential media aide, on Tuesday, April 20.
In his submission, the minister noted that President Muhammadu Buhari and the Ministry of Education are deeply concerned over the rise in the kidnap of school children. He, therefore, warned that safety measures must be strictly adhered to in all schools both public and private.