Tinubu Calls for Return of History to Nigerian School Curriculum



BOLA Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has made a strong case for the return of History as a subject in the country’s school curriculum. Tinubu made the call warning that any nation which forgets its past would lose the guide that would help its actions.

Speaking at the launch of the book, entitled Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria, at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, on Monday, October 3, he said the removal of History as a subject to be taught in Nigerian schools was disturbing. And that it would cut off younger generations of Nigerians from learning about the nation’s history and tradition as well as past mistakes.

He said: “If countries, including United States of America, teach their students about their histories, why not Nigeria, with its rich history and tradition? History helps a people to connect with the past and learn from past pitfalls.” Tinubu He described the book, written by Professor John N. Paden, which is an authorised biography of President Buhari, as an important one. According to the APC leader, the book attempts a broad characterisation of the different stages of President Buhari’s life and professional career.

Tinubu said: “The book explores how his professional career, his personal life and prior experiences in government shaped and prepared him for the momentous assignment he now has.

“From the book’s pages, we see a man who has lived his life on assignments that always intersected with vital moments in the nation’s history. He was a man on assignment, when, in the military, he served bravely in a civil war to keep Nigeria united.

“He was on national assignment when he became military head of state in a well-intentioned effort to straighten things out, and set Nigeria on a better path. “When he ventured into politics and competed for the Presidency, culminating in his 2015 election victory, he was still on assignment, showing that there was no other way for this nation to go but the way of democracy, no matter how difficult the path may be.”

Tinubu was one of the four reviewers of the book. Others were John Campbell; a former US ambassador to Nigeria, Ogbonanya Onu, minister of Science and Technology, and Ibrahim Gambari, a former External Affairs minister.

—  Oct 4, 2016 @ 17:58 GMT


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