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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday said 14 million children that have been reported to be out of school may end up becoming BokoHaram if a proper attention is not given to enrolling them back to schools.
The former president stressed that Education is one of the main pillars of getting Nigeria to where it supposed to be.
Obasanjo said this in Abeokuta, Ogun State at the unveiling of a book in his honour titled “The Man, The General, The President” authored by his former aide, Femmy Carrena.
He pointed out the need to ensure the 14 million children return to school to avoid a future disaster for the country.
He added, “God has created it to be, because where we are now is not what God has created Nigeria to be.
“Education must be one of the main pillars of getting Nigeria to where it should be.
“And the over 14 million Nigerian children that are now out of school, we must find a way of getting them into school. Because otherwise, we are preparing the Boko Haram of tommorow and there is nothing that will prevent that.
“If we don’t do it now, then we lose the opportunity and the consequences in the future. Some of us might have gone, but those who will be around will bear the brunt of a problem.
The elder statesman however lamented that Nigeria as a country is presently flowing in bitterness and sadness.
The former president argued that even though the country is destined to be a land flowing in milk and honey, but bad leadership has made it unachievable.
Obasanjo said, “my prayer is that all of us particularly in this country and now is that we will have something to contribute to make this country what God has created it to be; a land flowing with milk and honey.
“Right now, it is a land flowing with bitterness and sadness, that is not what God wants this country to be.
“We must change the narrative, we must talk to ourselves in the civilized language.
“There is no where you go in this country that you will not see genius in any section of the country. So, what reason should we look down on ourselves or others except we are not a human being.”