• Boko Haram: Disparity in education major cause of insurgency – Obasanjo

    The former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has reiterated that educational disparity is one of the major causes of insurgency in the country and many other crises witnessed in Africa.

    According to a statement by the African Export-Import Bank, Obasanjo made the assertion during the bank’s 22nd Annual General Meeting held in Lusaka, Zambia.

    Spokesman of Afrexim Bank, Obi Emekekwue quoted Obasanjo in the statement as having proposed “a carrot and stick solution to the conflicts on the continent through an approach involving military solutions and social development since a purely military approach would not work.

    Olusegun Obasanjo former Nigerian President

    “According to Obasanjo, a situation, such as in Nigeria, where one section had an educational attainment level of 79 per cent while another had only 19 per cent, created room for conflict,” the statement noted.

    The former president, the statement said, also called on Nigeria and other African countries to pursue economic integration on the basis of regional economic communities rather than doing so with the over 54 countries on the continent, pointing out that by pursuing economic growth, each region of the continent would serve as platforms to strengthen Africa.

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    1. James Batute 9 years ago

      The above view by former Head of State is a little bit far from the reality of the root cause of Boko Haram in Nigeria and of recent affected neighboring countries in the African sub-region.

      Who is to be deceived, do you think members of the Boko Haram are illiterates?, damn wrong, they are highly educated, and having the most sophisticated destructive (strategies) in the world.
      Boko Haram is purely religious in origin.

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