The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has said that the growth of Boko Haram activities in the North Eastern States of Nigeria is being fueled by the people’s lack of quality education.
He said if the region had received quality education as in the Southern states, the insurgency in the zone would have been reduced to the barest minimum.
Air Marshal Abubakar spoke on Sunday, April 24, 2016, during his investiture as the grand patron of the Ex-Junior Airmen/Airwomen Association, Airforce Military School, Jos Alumni in Abuja.
According to Daily Post, Abubakar said if the people in the region were educated, it would have difficult for the nomads and Islamic fundamentalists to mobilize them for violence against their neighbours and fellow Nigerians.
Abubakar said, “Why we are doing so much in education is because we understand the relationship between illiteracy and insecurity.
“If you are able to give people what they require in terms of education, chances are that they are not likely to be mobilized for violence.”
The air chief argued that if the people in the North Eastern states were educated as it were, some of the things happening in the North would not have happened, hence he said the best gift for children is education which would give them opportunity to be better citizens.
“That is what education is all about, it is about adding value to the society. I am so excited that what the NAF has put in place so many years back is bringing out men and women of integrity, people who are contributing to the society,” Abubakar said.