Adebayo Shittu: Society Created Banditry In Northern Nigeria By Neglecting Schooling 

Emphasizing the important position of training in addressing Banditry in Nigeria, the previous Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu has acknowledged that the bandits attacking completely different areas of the North are merely folks rebelling for being omitted of training.

Shittu in an interview with ARISE NEWS on Thursday, citing the knowledge of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, who championed free and obligatory training in Yoruba land, highlighted the plain distinction between the Southwest and different areas affected by rampant banditry within the nation.

He attributed the absence of such unrest within the Southwest to the area’s dedication to educating its youth.

“The difficulty of banditry is one which the society created for this nation. I wish to recall that our late chief, Chief Obafemi Awolowo had stated many years in the past, that if society refuses to teach the kids of the poor, these youngsters of the poor will make sure that their very own youngsters can’t sleep with each eyes closed. Whereas Chief Awolowo was introducing and implementing free and obligatory training in Yoruba land, sadly, political leaders in different areas uncared for to do that and in the present day we’re seeing the end result of such negligence.

“I’m saying this with all due respect to our brothers, notably within the northwest and northeast additionally. Why is there no banditry within the southwest of Nigeria? It’s just because we appreciated the crucial place that educating the kids is. If you fail to teach folks, through the years, they develop as much as discover out that there’s social inequality.

“Some persons are having fun with life, driving automobiles and residing in lovely homes however they’ve been omitted so they begin rise up in opposition to society. So, what is going on within the northwest and the northeast to me is the rise up in opposition to the neglect of the poor and wretched.”

He additionally lamented the billions of naira spent on kinetic approaches to fight banditry, emphasizing its ineffectiveness.

Proposing a shift in the direction of a extra practical method, Shittu advocated for different programs of mediation and reintegration for marginalized people, stating the potential for substantial reductions in banditry by such initiatives.

“We’ve got through the years, been spending billions of naira within the Kinetic method to it and it’s just because individuals who have been omitted of training and civilization that westernization brings about, are merely rebelling. We’ve got tried the kinetic method through the years.

“Actually, within the final 5 years, I can’t think about how a lot cash has been used to purchase assault aircrafts, warships and every kind of ammunition, to not discuss of the cash being spent on the armed forces. I’m wondering if we have now seen any discount on this battle that the bandits are waging in society.

“What I’m merely suggesting is the practical method of what we have now refused to do as a society through the years. Maybe we should always undertake different programs of mediation, in any other case, we might proceed on this state of affairs.

“In Nigeria, sadly our political leaders, notably within the North, haven’t been honest sufficient to the kids of the poor. So, if there’s a manner we will re-train them, even whether it is simply 100 thousand that will get rehabilitated and adjusted, that could be a substantial discount within the probably harmful parts within the society.”

Chioma Kalu

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