- Former president Olusegun Obasanjo speaks on the importance of history education
- Elder statesman says a good number of Nigerians know little or nothing about their culture
- One-time nation’s president says several Nigerian children know next to nothing about the heritage of their states of origin
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, democratically elected president between 1999 and 2007 has decried the low level of sensitisation of the country’s history and cultural values among the people in the nation.
The retired army general made this known while making an address at the launch of educational toys packaged to educate the citizens as well as inform on African history by Ethan & Harriet.
Nigeria’s Head of State between 1979 and 1983 was the special guest of honour at the occasion.
Obasanjo thanked the company for inventing educative equipment which will inform Nigerians in all socioeconomic class and background on the nation’s cultural norms and heritage.
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The former PDP BoT chairman urged the citizens to cultivate cultural ethics and values in order to promote Nigeria’s heritage.
The two-time president lamented the current way of training children, saying it was disappointing, as several children do not know enough about their states of lineage, not to talk of Nigeria as a whole.
“I have understood that history is no longer thought in school, which is unfortunate. Not knowing the history of your country, family or locality is to lose memory and if you lose your memory, you won’t remember even what you ate last night. You can see that it is a disaster,” Obasanjo stated.
The ex-president emphasised that the citizens should “go back to make our children know what matters about our country and ourselves so they can be inspired for tomorrow.”
Chief Obasanjo said: “I like the fact this product will impact the students to know more about our culture, immediate environment and Nigeria’s heritage at large. Even the parents can make use of it to know the history about the Federation.
“This is a product that will impact everybody; young, old, men and women, what they need to know about their country, each State and what they produce or what they are known for.”
It is a learning material for Children, teenagers, adults and teachers as well.
President Muhammadu Buhari, together with Chief Obasanjo, participated at the plenary session of the international conference on Sunday, August 28 at Nairobi, Kenya.