‘Woe betide them’, Obasanjo blasts opponents of girl-child education

Date:

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has condemned opponents of girl-child education in Nigeria saying, ‘woe betide such persons’.

Obasanjo spoke in Abeokuta, Ogun State, during a programme organised in commemoration of this year’s World Diabetes Day.

He said his personal experience with girl-child education made him include girl-child education as an area of concentration for his Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation.

Governance Framework for Proposed $3Billion PPP Hydropower Plant in Benue

Rano Air set to commence operations in 2022

The former President narrated how his father pulled his younger sister out of school because he believed ‘the girl-child education ends in the kitchen’.

He insisted that the idea of prioritising male-child education over the girl-child must be ‘killed’.

Obasanjo said, “When I started school in the village, I had a junior sister, who was enrolled in school two years after I had joined the school… and suddenly, our father decided that – because a girl-child education ends in the kitchen, pulled her out of school – I remained in school.

“And that singular action made the difference between her development into adulthood and my development into adulthood. I had a plan that whenever I return from the UK, I will re-enrol her back to school. But by the time I came back from the UK, my wife had given my sister out in marriage and that ended my sister’s education.

“Then, I vowed that whatever I can do for girl-child education, I will always do. And this unfortunate idea of girl-child education ending in the kitchen is unimportant. The culture of giving preference to a male child over a female child is an idea and culture that must be killed.

“Woe betide anyone who attempts to relegate my eldest child, Iyabo. Iyabo will crush such a person, be he or she,” he said.

 

 

 

Read the full article here

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Share post:

Subscribe

spot_img

Popular

More like this
Related

Active duty soldier charged in child sexual exploitation investigation

A member of the U.S. military was arrested in...

Kingston, Ont. introduces ‘No Mow May’ to help bee, insect populations

There may be snow on the ground right now,...

Boris Johnson has earned nearly £5mn since leaving office

Boris Johnson has declared income of £4.8mn since he...

Bachelor Nation’s Chris Harrison and Kaitlyn Bristowe’s Ups and Downs

From besties to barely speaking. Kaitlyn Bristowe formed a...