Nigeria’s economy is not only complex and dynamic, it is also paralleled in West Africa. With a domestic market of up to 180 million populace and a manufacturing base, which outstrips that of its regional neighbors , it has the scale and weight to become the engine of trade growth across the entire region.
However, it is quite worrisome that due to reckless economic policies, varying degrees of security challenges have placed Nigeria on the brink of collapse. Scholars have argued that driving industrial and economic growth amidst insecurity is usually an impossibility. Hence, peace and security are fundamental to national development.
No other time is more appropriate to swerve into a discourse of the Nigerian insecurity situation and educational revitalization than now when the song on almost every lips around this part of the world is consequent upon these two key variables.
At the core of Nigeria insecurity is the incessant kidnapping, killings and terrorism. Meanwhile, the national policy on education is full of stereotype and cosmetic approaches; the right value are evaded. Without any lots of doubt, the foregoing Nigeria situation is a precarious one which needs urgent intervention, else it scuttles the realization of the Nigerian dream of a developed nation.
In all, the far-reaching efficacy of good education can never be over emphasized. Perceptibly, education revolves round everything, hence, saving education would definitely save our dear country from the imbroglio plaguing it. This paper contends the monster of insecurity can be defeated by a pristine educational system.
NATIONAL INSECURITY; A panoramic view
Insecurity depicts a state of being open to danger or threat (Worden, 2017). Simply put, insecurity is the lack of protection of lives and properties. It is disheartening to concede that security of lives and properties in Nigeria is not unimpeachable. Nigeria has faced and is still facing horrible insecurity challenges, both ethno-religious and socio-cultural.
Before now, the front-line focus of insecurity was the notorious terror group “Boko Haram“, but in recent times, others have signed; the incessant rate of kidnapping, the Fulani communal clash, killing and ethno-religious crisis. Most Nigerians lives in unceasing fear everyday of their lives. The saga of absurdity trailing the failing security apparatus in the nation is largely influenced by a bad governance and leadership, the hallmark of which is spread in unemployment and poverty.
A PARADIGM SHIFT; Investing in Education to save Nigeria.
According to Oxford Dictionary of contemporary English, education is defined as ‘The process of teaching, training and learning, especially in schools or colleges, improve knowledge and develop skills.
Perceptibly, it is undoubtedly that education revolves around every aspect of human life, without which mankind would remain deeply immersed into mediocrity, ignorance and ineptitude. To be educated is to be exact, full and complete. This position sharply vindicate that of Adeyemi (2014) who put it that education portends the effective usage of head, heart and hand. Also, the Nigerian insecurity condition needs to be salvaged for the country to remain on the path to the promise land. Education is no doubt, it is a remedy to the melody.
Conclusion and recommendations.
From the foregoing, it becomes clear as much as saving education would save Nigeria, there is a lot to be done. The best legacy they say is education. Education is the key to national development. To get it right, we must start from the home by instilling the right values. Our educational system should be remolded to grapple with the unwavering tides of normal insecurity. If right things are done and things are done right regarding the issue of discourse, then the pilot, plane crew and passengers of the good people-great nation can fasten their seat belts as the plane has just begun to fly along the tarmac on its path to being rescued from the shackle of national insecurity. It is in light of this, that the following recommendations are made:
- Provision of inclusive education for all.
- Critical review of the education policies and standard.
- Re-orientation of Nigerians to embrace literacy.
- Co-operation among stakeholders involved in strengthening the educational system.
In addition, education is not a privilege, it is a right. Education is seen as priceless gift that is been required by individuals to have. Stay awake and refresh your memory.