Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has raised alarm over the increasing number of the out-of-school children in Nigeria.
Obasanjo, who spoke on Thursday while addressing participants at the presidential youth mentorship retreat held at Youth Development Centre , Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State, predicted that Boko Haram would recruit from the out-of-school children roaming the streets.
He also stated that the situation poses a bug security threat to the country.
Obasanjo said “A situation today where we have 14 million children that should be in school that are not in school , does anybody need to be an oracle to tell that 10 years or 15 years from now, those will be where you will recruit pure Boko Haram.
“So, if you deal with Boko Haram by stick today in few years time the situation will be worst because we are talking about security, it will be worst. So, if we are talking of insecurity, where should we begin? If we are talking of poverty where should we begin? It is education.
”Somebody said if everybody is educated who will be a servant and I said if everybody is educated then we will get a better servant than you should have gotten from those that are not educated.”
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