A former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo said yesterday in Maiduguri that the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist is a scourge that incubated over time.
Obasanjo said this while delivering his closing remarks at the end of a two-day peer review meeting of the Nigeria Zero Hunger Strategic Forum which he is the Chairman.
The former President attributed the terrorism in the North to the huge gap of Education in the South-Wst and the North East.
Obasanjo warned on the danger of not educating children, youths, and women as many may become the Boko Haram of today.
“Boko Haram did not start overnight,” he said, “It had an incubating period, but I do not know how long. And although I do not know how long it took to incubate, I am sure if the level of education in the North-East matched the level of education in the South-West, there wouldn’t have been Boko Haram.
“If we do not cater for and educate women, children, and youth, they will become the Boko Haram of 15 years to come. Education is the panacea, education is the key, it inculcates the values that guard against the emergence of Boko Haram,” he added.