A former military Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar has said that insecurity has set education in the northern part of the country backward by 20 years.
Mr Abdulsalami, a retired Army General, made the observation on Thursday when he received officials of the Niger State chapter of the Campaign for Democracy and Human Rights led by its state chairman, Abdullahi Jabi, at his Minna uphill residence in Niger State.
The former head of state noted that many children of school age can no longer go to school while those in schools are being kidnapped.
“Insecurity has taken education in the north back 20 years. We are facing serious insecurity some heartless people keep kidnapping our children. forgetting that they too have children
“Will they be happy if their children are kidnapped and traumatised?” Mr Abdulsalami queried.
He also described insecurity as a major hindrance to the socioeconomic development of the country and urged that all hands must be on deck to bring it to an end.
Mr Abdulsalami also blamed the poor economic situation in the country on the effect of the COVID-19. which he said has made the states and federal governments to be handicapped financially.
“COVID-19 became a stumbling block to the world; COVID-19 brought setback to all our programmes,” he said, adding that he was locked down outside the country for over nine months, resulting in most of his plans facing setbacks.
He disclosed that his institute, the Abdulsalami Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution which had not functioned effectively as a result of the COVID-19 would soon bounce back to life, saying that all Nigerians are welcomed to the organisation.
He commended the Campaign for Democracy in the state for embarking on the education of the people, especially on the need to know their rights and participate in elections.