By Michael Oche
I keep reading or hearing so many persons saying History should be reintroduced into curriculum of schools in Nigeria because “many youths are drumming the beat of war because they don’t know the effects.”
I keep wondering what makes anyone thinks that it is the youths that are beating the drums of war or that it is the youths that need education?
Have the political leaders also learnt any lesson from what led to the Civil war? Since 1970 after the end of the Civil war which led to the death of millions of Nigerians, has any effort been made to correct the issues that led to the war?
And how does demanding for good governance by the young generation amount to beating war drum?
Let me explain that there are over 40 million unemployed youths in the country and over 90 million people living below poverty line without any form of social protection.
On the other hand, everyday young Nigerians turn on their radio set, all they hear is their political leaders mismanaging the collective wealth, stealing billions of dollars.
Everyday on the streets, youths are hounded by police and thrown into jail in some cases, for no reasons. Last year, we were all witness to the #EndSars protest.
In my opinion, It is the political leaders need more education and should be held to account. There is need for redistribution of wealth in Nigeria. There is so much money in the hands of a few, while many of the young population wallop in poverty.
But more worrisome is that why is everyone talking about war suddenly? Perhaps, there is a deliberate ploy to throw the country into war. But truth must be told, it is not the youth that are beating the drum of war.
Michael Oche writes from Abuja