The Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday predicted that children who are out of school might become Book Haram’s next target as they would soon be recruited by Boko Haram if the government failed to return them to classrooms.
Obasanjo who issued the statement while addressing participants at the presidential youth mentorship retreat held at the Youth Development Centre, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The further lamented the increase in the rate of out-of-school children, attributing security challenges to lack of proper education.
He added that about 14 million children who ought to be in school are on the streets, saying that the situation is capable of worsening the nation’s security situation.
“So, if you deal with Boko Haram by stick today, in a 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 asked ‘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.”
The former President maintained that the unity of Nigeria is paramount, stressing that he would fight for the unity of Nigeria throughout his life.
“I have no regret fighting for the unity of Nigeria and if it comes up tomorrow that it should be done and I have ability to do it, I will do what I have to do,” he added.