Not Knowing History Can Make You Forget What You Ate Last Night – Obasanjo
BEVERLY HILLS, AUGUST 30, (THEWILL) – Former Nigerian president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has regretted that history is no longer taught in schools, warning that when people do not know the history of their country, family or locality, they can lose their memory and even find it difficult to remember what they ate the previous night.
Speaking as the special guest of honour at the launch of educational toys designed to teach Nigerian and by extension African history by Ethan & Harriet, he applauded the company for developing learning tools that will expose Nigerians across social status and background to the country's cultural values and heritage.
While expressing disappointment that many children do not know enough about their states of origin let alone the country, the ex-president called on Nigerians to know the nation's history, imbibe cultural values and norms so as to promote the nation's heritage.
“I have understood that history is no longer thought in school, which is unfortunate. Not knowing the history of your country, family or locality is to lose memory and if you lose your memory, you won't remember even what you ate last night. You can see that it is a disaster,” Obasanjo said.
He then emphasised that Nigerians must “go back to make our children know what matters about our country and ourselves so they can be inspired for tomorrow.”