Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has beckoned on the Federal Government to give out of school children proper education if insurgency must be curtailed.
The former military head of state made this known at the 2022 Murtala Muhammed Foundation (MMF) annual lecture.
The lecture which was held in Abuja was themed, “Beyond Boko Haram: Addressing Insurgency, Banditry and Kidnapping across Nigeria.”
In a teleconference, the octogenarian said if the the nation will enroll 15million kids into school out of the 215million population of Nigeria, Boko Haram will be a thing of the past.
“It didn’t matter how the country dealt with Boko Haram, banditry and kidnapping – either by stick or by carrot approach – those 15 million children that should be in school, but are not in school are the potential Boko Haram of 10-15 years from now.
“I believe it is not late to start and say to ourselves ‘we do not want the Boko Haram of 2030 or 2035.
“But if we don’t do anything about those 15 million out-of-school children, we are already in more trouble with Boko Haram of the future.