Alhaji Muhammadu Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, has said that for terrorism and radicalisation to be tackled in Nigeria, there is a need to have an improved mass education system in the country among the citizens.
Speaking at the 2nd Education Submit organized by the Nigerian Army Education Corps held in Sokoto on Wednesday, Sultan Abubakar noted that lack of education is a major cause of radicalization among citizens that has great effects on the current insecurity in the country.
He also identified a lack of knowledge, stressing that most of the perpetrators (terrorists) turned the true knowledge upside down and interpreted it the best way they understood simply because they lacked the requisite knowledge thereby causing security challenges in the country.
Sultan Abubakar added, “The more we come together and talk, the more we proffer possible solutions to various prevailing issues that we are facing as a country. Hence the need of having properly educated people in the society.”
He observed that the current insecurity challenges confronting the country can be a thing of the past if citizens are mass educated and well informed on issues that affect them now and their future.
Alhaji Muhammadu Abubakar described the submit as timely following the current happenings in the country and commended the Nigerian Army for its key role in sustaining peace and unity of the country.
He expressed optimism that various speakers invited would do justice to issues that have been raised and urged the organiser to also implement the outcome of this summit, lamenting that one of the reasons the country is faced with insecurity is that Nigerians have failed to implement important issues raised by experts.
He also urged the Army to always include youths and students in any public discourse, saying that most things fall back on the young generation.