Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture has shared his opinion on Nigeria’s security challenges a in a town-hall meeting on National security organized by the Federal Government. He blamed the insecurity of the Nation on the 1975 coup and said it is one of its consequence.
He disclosed in an interview with Channels Television that the Gowon Government was planning to ensure free and compulsory primary education for children of school age.
He then proceeded to say that the failure to execute this plan brought about the rise in the number of out-of-school children up to 13.2million thereby giving a rise to the chance of them turning into militants.
“The fact is that in 1973, we were informed by the lead discussant and that the government of the day then had a retreat and said there must be a national pledge that what is that thing that we must do to ensure that we did not go through another civil war.
“The government of that day came out with a decision that what will prevent another civil war is to ensure that anybody born after January 1970 has a free and compulsory primary education,” Mohammed said.
“Regrettably that administration was overthrown two years later and all the lofty ideas and all the preparations that were needed to ensure that every child of school age acquired free and compulsory education were jettisoned.
“And we are paying the price today because if you have 13.2 million children of school-age out of school that is the market which Boko Haram, bandits, IPOB and other militants, that is the market where they recruit people.”