Insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and other crimes could become uncontrollable and cripple the nation, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Ekiti State Governor Fayemi Kayode and other leaders said in Abuja, yesterday.

 

The leaders, who spoke at a lecture marking the 46th year after the assassination of former Head of State, Murtala Muhammed, warned that the millions of out-of-school children were caused by insecurity, huge unemployment gap, lack of inclusiveness and others could worsen the scenario.

 

The caution came after Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State recently declared that the state lost about 900,000 houses and 5,000 classrooms to the Boko Haram insurgency. He added that about 486 people were killed in the first three weeks of 2022.

 

Obasanjo noted that out-of-school children and unemployed youths could become the “Boko Haram of tomorrow”, thereby, aggravating the prevailing insecurity.

 

He insisted that until nation-building is taken seriously and inclusive society is embraced, Nigeria’s current challenges might linger.

Source: Kingsley Jeremiah