Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has said that Education and Develpment is the only remedy to Boko Haram insurgency that have ravaged the Northeast for some years now.
Obasanjo noted that if the education and development in the southwest have been matched with education and development in the Northeast there might not have been anything like Boko Haram.
The Former Nigerian Leader stated this on Friday while rounding up the 2 Day third meeting of Nigera Zero Hunger Forum held by select states in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
” It is unfortunate that the Boko Haram crisis happened, but one thing which is absolutely clear is that if the level of education and development in the southwest have been matched with the level of education and development in the Northeast, there might not have been anything like Boko Haram insurgency.
” So education and development is the panacea to Boko Haram insurgency. If Governor Kashim Shettima did not get education , he wouldn’t have the mindset of being a leader of the state. So my emphasy is that with education, development and values , there will be no room for Boko Haram,” Obasanjo said.
While acknowledging the free education policy of the Borno state government which is free from primary to secondary, Obasanjo called for the free education to be made compulsory , saying that in education is the future.
” So Governor, I thank you. We came came for Zero Hunger , but you took us beyond Zero Hunger, you took us to maximum development , eradication of poverty and massive investment on education. What you are doing in education is great. You have made education free from primary to secondary , but inaddition to this education should be made compulsory in the state,” the Chairman Nigeria Zero Hunger Forum said.
In his remarks, Governor Kashim Shettima thanked Obasanjo for his patriotic stance for the unity of the nation, noting that while others are afraid to step their toes on Borno, the former president has visited the state the sixth time.
He added that at the peak of the Boko Haram insurgency when the state was hot , Obasanjo flew in to Yola from where helicopter brought him to Maiduguri for a security meeting.
The Governor noted that one of the impending crisis created by the Boko Haram terroriststs is the making of orphans and widows , adding that if these set of people are not taken care of, in the next 15 years , they will turn out another monster that might be worst than Boko Haram.
” If we don’t take care of these orphans widows, in the next 15 years, believe me , we will be having another of Boko Haram terroriststs against us ,” Shettima said