The regime of president Muhammadu Buhari has said the rapid insecurity in the country is due to the inability of late General Murtala Muhammed’s regime to carry on with its policy on compulsory free education for citizens born after 1970.
Since Buhari assumed office in 2015, the country has seen numerous cases of insurgency in the country. Terrorists, bandits, killer pastoralists, separatists and armed robbers have been on a rampage across the country. Several Nigerians have died and many have been displaced.
Yesterday, Senator Smart Adeyemi, an APC lawmaker said the country has collapsed and that the country is not secure. He called on the president to seek help from other nations.
Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information while speaking during a Channels TV programme on Monday said the insecurity in Nigeria is due to the past military regime.
According to him: “The fact is that in 1973, we were informed by the lead discussant and that the government of the day they 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 free and compulsory primary education.”
He said the current regime is suffering from the failure of compulsory education for all citizens.
He said Mr Buhari’s government is confronted with issues associated with having over 13.2 million out-of-school children, who could be easily recruited for terrorism and banditry.
“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.”
Before now, the Buhari-led administration has blamed the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) that ruled for 16 years for the insecurity in the country.
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