By Victor Akinkuolie Ado-Ekiti
A lawmaker representing Ekiti West at the National Assembly, Mr. Ibrahim Olarewaju, has disclosed that the incessant abduction of students in schools in some northern part of the country is a deliberate act by the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents to discourage western education in the country.
Olarewaju who spoke at the weekend in Otun-Ekiti, Moba Local Government area of Ekiti State, described the abduction of students in Chibok, Kankara, Dapchi and Kagara in Niger State by suspected bandits as another set back in the development of education in Nigeria
The lawmaker said it was a mischief by the insurgents to whittle down education in the Northern part of the country.
What Boko Haram means is that Western education is a sin. They wanted to discourage people from going to schools and such will not triumph over Nigeria.
“These are very unfortunate situations. I commend President Muhammadu Buhari for committing so much energy, funds and personnel to fight this asymmetric war, but he must do better.
“Boko Haram insurgents have dispersed from the Northeast , because of bombardment by soldiers and that is why you are seeing strange Fulani herders penetrating the Southeast and Southwest causing all these crises”.
On effort made so far but the Federal Government to combat insecurity, Olanrewaju said the House had summoned President Buhari to explain why the situation is degenerating and had sponsored several motions to mitigate the scourge.
He used the occasion to intimate the public on his efforts to empower the people of his constituency and make life more bearable for them.
Materials donated included: One tarred kilometre road in Otun Ekiti, 15 vehicles, ambulance for the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, three mobile clinics, motorbikes, generating sets, sowing machines, grinding machines, dryers, clippers, mechanic tool boxes, and knapsack sprayers.
Olanrewaju said the N100 million one kilometre road he constructed in Otun Ekiti and other empowerment materials were geared toward appreciating his constituents for giving him the mandate to serve .
“This is the first batch of empowerment and we shall do more. I will do well for the people to give gratitude to God for elevating me to this unexpected position”.
Olanrewaju added that he is currently sponsoring a bill in the House for the establishment of a School of Agriculture to boost the economy and human capital development.