LET EDUCATION KILL IN NIGERIA.

Posted: May 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

As a new democratic dispensation begins in Nigeria today, I feel burdened in my heart because I will be doing a lot of things in these four years. I feel burdened in my heart because am tempted to think that will this be another period of slavery? Will this be another period on ‘chop-make-I-chop’? Will this be a period of democratic justice, good governance and excellence? Will this be a period where the government will take the most important thing that will drive any economy serious?

I am concerned because its more than 12 years now and government has ignored our core value system; I am concerned because one way or the other, it might affect my kids in this next four years. I am concerned because I imagine how the future of young people and mostly children might change radically accepting the norms that they meet in Nigeria as the right thing. Who will be the one to tell them the real story of where Nigeria Missed it or howbeit, where Nigeria ought to be if not for Neglect of her value system.

May I say at this point that our value system is just encircled around one thing: EDUCATION. If EDUCATION is fixed in Nigeria every other thing is fixed.

Education is the bedrock of any form of development be it social or economic. If EDUCATION is fixed, we will have a way to fix our power system, if education is fixed, we won’t bother about corruption because we will know that we don’t need to be corrupt to be rich, if education is fixed, we would not do importation because our educated, will provide what is lacking, if EDUCATION is fixed, there will be no need for 2nd term in Government because we will all know what to do: if EDUCATION is fixed, our kids will not depend on ‘orijo’ to pass exams because they will believe in themselves, if EDUCATION is fixed, our ladies will not expose their outward pulchritude because they will know that it is insane to do so, if EDUCATION is fixed, our sons will not ‘sag’ because they will understand that they are Leaders and Leaders don’t sag (imagine President Obama sagging to deliver his speeches), if our EDUCATION system is proper, there will never be armed robbers because people will see no reason to rob because they will know they have what they want already, if EDUCATION is fixed, there will be no need for ballot snatching because snatchers will see no reason to do so, if EDUCATION is fixed, there will be no killings by the Northerners because they will see no reason to do so, if EDUCATION is FIXED, then we have killed Poverty, if EDUCATION is fixed, then our future investments will not be taken to banks in Switzerland, UK, USA all in the name of laundering, if EDUCATION is fixed, young people will see no reason to study abroad, if EDUCATION is fixed, Nigeria’s Currency will supersede that of the Queen’s colony.

Now it is a New government and one thing I demand from this new regime is EDUCATION. Let the Government work on the educational value system, let this creed be taught in every home, crèche, schools, institution, street, crannies, nooks, churches, mosques, socials, let us all sing aloud a New song with just one voice and sound saying EDUCATE one, EDUCATE ALL.

Mr President, Mr Governor, Mr House of Rep, Mr Senator, Mr House of Assembly, Mr Senate President to be, Mr Speaker (house of rep and state house of assembly) to be, Mr Minister to be, Mr Commissioner to be, Mr Local Government Chairman to be, Mr LCDA, Mr Councillor, I plead with you to please let EDUCATION kill all of this bad signs in Nigeria by you making it topmost in your agenda.

To all parents, Train up your child in a way that he should go, when he is old he will not depart from it.

Now, I can go back to start planning on how the next 4 years of My life will be in consonance with the New Administration. I wish us all a safe landing.

OGUNYEMI BANKOLE TAIWO.

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