Goodluck Jonathan, a former president of Nigeria has reportedly stated that free and compulsory education will help in tackling the security challenges in the West African region.
According to reports, the former president, who is the chairman of the ECOWAS Council of the Wise, made this known in Lagos on Tuesday, following a two-day workshop organized by the council.
Jonathan stated that, “We have made some reasonable recommendations, especially when we were discussing education. As a former Head of State, I was also smiling because we recommended that there should be free and compulsory education up to the level of secondary education in the West Africa sub-region so that we will have an enlightened public.”
He noted that, “We believe that most of the security challenges that we are having are because we have a lot of young people that know almost nothing and they could be easily recruited by mischievous characters to cause havoc.”
He added that, “When we talk about strengthening education, it is something that every nation must do to reduce crime. We believe if the young people are educated; it will reduce the numbers that can be easily recruited by those who have criminal motives to create havoc in the society. We are not saying education will stop the crisis immediately, no.”