Former President Goodluck Jonathan, on Wednesday, said that in order to promote development in Africa, there is an urgent need for better security and education, adding that poverty remains the bedrock of crime.
While speaking at the Geneva Press Club in Switzerland during a publicised world press conference on “Security, Education and Development in Africa”, Jonathan reiterated that while he was in office as president of the Federal Republic on Nigeria, he did his very best to promote education.
Buttressing his point further, Jonathan said, “If you peruse the official UNESCO literacy rates by country, what you will find is that all of the top 10 most literate nations in the world are at peace, while almost all of the top 10 least literate nations in the world are in a state of either outright war or general insecurity.”
According to him, “Lower education levels are linked to poverty and poverty is one of the chief causative factors of crime whether it is terrorism or militancy or felonies.
“With this at the back of my mind, I began the practice of giving education the highest sectoral allocation beginning with my very first budget as President in 2011.”
“As I have always believed, if we do not spend billions educating our youths today, we will spend it fighting insecurity tomorrow. And you do not have to spend on education just because of insecurity. It is also the prudent thing to do.
“Nigeria, or any African nation for that matter, can never become wealthy by selling more minerals or raw materials such as oil. Our wealth as a nation is between the ears of our people,” he said.