Let’s defeat boko haram’s ideology with education and enlightenment-MURIC
Professor Ishaq Lakin Akintola of Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC
By Rasaq Bamidele
London, Jan. 9, 2018 (AltAfrika)-A Nigerian based religious organization, The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), believes that effective educational and enlightenment policy is the only panacea to tackle the misleading ideology of the dreaded boko haram terrorists that has been tormenting the north-east zone of the country.
This assertion was contained in a statement from the group’s Director, Professor Ishaq Lakin Akintola where he pointed out that, “no weapon against the religious extreemists can be as effective as education.”
The group’s stand was in reaction to the 2018 budget of Borno State deliver by its Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima in which 15 per cent of the total budget was earmarked for education sector.
MURIC lauded the governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, for giving education the highest allocation in this year’s budget, describing the document as, “timely, visionary and realistic.”
The governor presented a budget of N170 billion for the 2018 fiscal year on Thursday 28th December, 2017 in which he gave highest priority to education by allocating N26 billion to the education sector.
The Islamic group said, “for a state that has suffered the heaviest casualty of the Boko Haram insurgency, Borno State needs speedy recovery and giving adequate attention to education is of paramount importance to the realization of this objective.”
Nonetheless, MURIC, which reminded all stakeholders within and outside the country of the humongous challenges facing the state, prayed that, no weapon fashioned against religious extremism can be as effective as education.
“Although Nigeria has defeated Boko Haram militarily, the ideological wing of the deadly group is still very much alive and active. It is only a purposeful pursuit of educational projects that can eventually eliminate the misleading ideology of Boko Haram.
“The allocation of 15% of the total 2018 budget to education in Borno State, though laudable, is still dwarfed by the gargantuan challenges confronting the state. It should be noted that the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) recommends that education should take 26% of budgets, MURIC stated.
According to the group, if Ogun State in the south-west axis of the country can afford to allocate 23% to education in its 2018 budget, a state ravaged by Boko Haram insurgency should strive to defeat the insurgents ideologically by voting nothing less than 25% to education.
“However, the fact that the state governor deemed it fit to give the education sector the attention it deserves, though within his means, is a reflection of his good understanding of the situation,” the group observed, reasoning that, Shettima would have done more if the resources were there.
“We therefore use our concluding space to call on the Federal Government, wealthy Nigerians and international donor agencies to pour huge funds and education relief materials to Borno State to enable the government to build more schools, upgrade existing ones and to equip educational institutions with state-of-the-art materials. Only thus can we completely uproot the multifaceted tentacles of Boko Haram from the state,” MURIC emphasised.