EDUCATION: A PATH TOWARDS ELIMINATION OF NATIONAL INSECURITY.

The importance of education in the life of humans can never be overemphasized. Educated minds are those who actually can understand the real meaning of freedom. Life without education will be characterized by chaos, crisis and crimes. This is because, opposite of education (here which also means knowledge) is ignorance. And ignorance is like walking in darkness, one might stumble upon things, things might break, accidents might occur and even life, if care is not taken, might get lost. And since the path cannot be seen, how can the destination be reached?

Educated minds are those who actually can understand the real meaning of freedom

Nigeria is one of those countries in the world decorated with the problem of insecurity among other threatening issues. Insecurity is eating up this great country day in day out and everyone nowadays are the potential victims – including you and I. The real basis of this is the lack of proper education. Devilish inclined minds have outnumbered rightly educated minds. And this battle is that of numbers… Those with higher population have upper hand. It’s a simple logic.

To set our Dear country free from this shackle of problems it finds herself, education is the surest technique to employ. Arming people with necessary and quality education will go a long way in solving the puzzle of insecurity before Nigeria.

Insecurity is eating up this great country day in day out…

According to a post on www.thoughtCo.com, the purpose of education includes; raising thoughtful Citizens, improving Self Esteem and Confidence. This means that education will enhance independent thinking and help people in differentiating between right and wrong. Educated people won’t become a problem to their society but instead a blessing. They won’t easily get manipulated or confused about any principle of life. Their education will serve as a light for them in the labyrinth of darkness. They won’t get lost, they won’t misguide others.

…education will serve as a light in the labyrinth of darkness

As far as Nigeria is concerned, insecurity is one of the chief problems in existence. Banditry and terrorism is in rampage. Internet fraud and corruption is another one. What about raping and other forms of Sexual Violence? Aren’t we actually sitting on the keg of gunpowder? Lack of quality education is the “mother problem” whose womb is fertile and will keep birthing  other problems except something is urgently done. The problem of insecurity will give birth to lack of progress, a simple reason behind Nigeria, despite being titled as giant, remaining at the back on the progress track.

Talking of insecurity, the lives of perpetrators also are in grave danger. They are living in fear and restrictions. They can’t live like  free citizens. They are tagged the enemy of state. They are are being pursued everyday. These people are prisoners of some antisocial ideologies. People become a sheep to those preaching violence because they lack what it takes to think by themselves, their reasoning faculty become corrupted and malfunctioned.

Lack of quality education is the “mother problem” whose womb is fertile and will keep birthing  other problems except something is urgently done

According to (the latest) report on Macrotrend.com on literacy rate in Africa, Nigeria has 62.02 % of her population to be literate. This is not encouraging because those countries which are lesser in human and material resources compared to Nigeria, like Kenya, have 81% literacy rate..

This situation shows that a lot is wrong with the country. Since people who are not educated are those dominating the country, violence becomes inevitable. Has it been that, everyone have access to quality education which surely will give them future with values, we won’t have many people who are ready to die in the course of terrorism. Or how will it be convenient for people living in glass house to be throwing stones around

 Way forward?

As the root of the problem of insecurity is lack of quality education for the citizens, to get this problem solved, to halt the rampage of violence and to absolve this country of her insecurity predicament, the problem has to be traced to its root. Education has to become easily accessible to all.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the World.” Nelson Mandela

Without additional explanation, the above quote has passed its message. We have to use education, here it would also means enlightenment and orientation, to change story of our country for better.

To this effect, this saying of a Nigerian nationalist, Obafemi Awolowo, is useful –

“In order to attain to the goals of economic freedom and prosperity, Nigeria must do certain things as a matter of urgency and priority. It must provide free education at all levels…”

We must note that education won’t add any value (but just violence) to human lives if the core importance of it is lost. In Nigeria, I believe that despite other problems  holding us back from progressing, we should be able to use our knowledge and skills to develop our country. The problem however is that, despite being educated, poverty still pervade the lives of the citizens. Those who fall into that category become desperate and are ready to use their intellects in  negative ways.

It is these people who are leading in the world of organized crimes. They build criminal empires and paying the society which give them education without source of income back with atrocities. So, how would I say C.S Lewis is not right when he said;

“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil”

At the end  of the day, being educated is never enough. That education must have impacts on people’s lives. It must relieve them the burden of poverty.

To cap it all, everyone must have access to quality education for our country to know real meaning of peace. Most of those who become bandits today, who are wrecking havoc within the country are those who are uneducated, raised from their younger ages to hate the system and growing to become violent human beings.

…being educated is never enough. That education must have impacts on people’s lives. It must relieve them the burden of poverty.

Any system of education which does not help a man to have a healthy and sound body , alert brain and balanced and disciplined instinctive urges, is both misconceived and dangerous.

 

 

7 thoughts on “EDUCATION: A PATH TOWARDS ELIMINATION OF NATIONAL INSECURITY.”

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    I was almost going question the perspective until it provided a balance at the trail end with the C.S Lewis quote and exposition

    Thanks for this. It’s mind training and very expository. Well written too

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