Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has given reasons Boko Haram was launched in the North-eastern part of Nigeria.
Obasanjo said he made the discovery while conducting a research for his degree in Christian Theology.
spoke while delivering the 2017 Foundation Day Public Lecture entitled:
‘Corruption and the Challenges of the African Child’, to mark the 14th
anniversary of Dorcas Oke Hope Alive Initiative (DOHAL) held at the
University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.
former military Head of State pointed out that abject poverty arising
from Nigeria’s corrupt system led to the “formation of kick against
western education otherwise known as Boko Haram.”
added, “One of the reasons that members of the extremist group – Boko
Haram, gave for their insurrection is that they became disillusioned
when they saw how corrupt that Western educated leaders were.
to them, if those who occupied government offices by virtue of their
Western education would corruptly enrich themselves and deprive others
of the basic things of life, then that education is ‘haram’ which means
am told that when Mohammed Yusuf, the original leader of Boko Haram and
his early followers first started, they all gathered and tore their
certificates because they said a certificate, which could not fetch them
a source of livelihood is useless to them. Similarly, they saw Western
education as corrupting the individuals.
may not agree with their position, but the disappointment and
disillusionment of citizens over the inadequacy or poor performance of
their leaders is real.”