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Obasanjo: Boko Haram Crisis Could Last 15 More Years

Obasanjo: Boko Haram Crisis Could Last 15
More Years
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has
warned that the Boko Haram insurgency in
the North-East could take 15 more years to
eliminate if the government fails to focus on
education.
He also warned the country about the risks
of a population explosion.
According to him, Nigeria’s population will
be 450 million in the next 30 years.
Obasanjo gave the warnings while
addressing some youths and students at a
youth programme organised by the Youth
Development Centre, an arm of the
Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, in
Abeokuta on Tuesday.
He urged the government to find a lasting
solution to the big rise in the number of
children out of school in some parts of the
country, saying the development had
contributed to the Boko Haram insurgency.
Obasanjo said, “There should be no Nigerian
child that should be out of school for any
reason.
“You have already got your Boko Haram in
the next 15 years if you don’t do anything
about that. So, whatever you are talking
about, unless you take care of inclusivity,
you will not get there. Quality is important,
but inclusivity is much better.”
He urged Nigerian youths not to lose hope
despite the challenges facing the country.
Obasanjo, who described himself as “an
incurable optimist about Nigeria”, said
although the situation in Nigeria was bad,
he could see the light at the end of the
tunnel.
Obasanjo recalled how he and the late Gen
Murtala Muhammed turned around the
country’s fortunes after the 1970 civil war.
He said, “Having run the affairs of Nigeria
as a military Head of State when some
people felt there was virtually no hope, we
turned it around.”
Obasanjo added, “I have tremendous hope in
Nigeria; I am an incurable optimist about
Nigeria.
“During the Murtala Muhammed government
and my government soldiers who were
working in Lagos and who had to go to
office in public transport did not wear their
uniforms, they were ashamed. But within
the space of six months, they were proudly
wearing their uniforms. So, it can be done.
“Don’t lose hope. The current situation is
bad. I don’t need to tell you that, but I can
see the light beyond the tunnel. There is
light beyond the tunnel.”



  

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