Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has condemned those against girl-child education in Nigeria. Obasanjo spoke at an event marking this year’s World Diabetics Day, organized by the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation (OOF). At the event held at the Main Auditorium of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, Ogun State, Obasanjo stressed the need for contentment in every human endeavour, saying it could reduce the chances of getting diabetes.
In a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi on Tuesday 22 November 2022, Obasanjo maintained that his personal experience on educating the female child had made him to include girl-child education among areas of focus for the Foundation.
“When I started school in the village, I had a younger sister. After two years of starting school, my sister started school. I was first in my two years and as I went along, my sister was also first in the school she started. And suddenly, our father decided to pull her out of school, because a girl’s education ends in the kitchen; but I remained in school.
“That singular action made the difference between her development into adulthood and my development into adulthood. And, I thought that when I came back from UK I would send her to school. And by the time I came back from UK, my wife had given my sister to marriage and that ended my sister’s education.
“Then, I vowed that whatever I can do for girl-child education, I will always do. And this unfortunate idea of girl-child education ending in the kitchen is unimportant. The culture of giving preference to a male child over female child is an idea and culture that must be killed. Woe betides anyone who attempts to relegate my eldest child, Iyabo. Iyabo will crush such person, be he or she,” he said.
Earlier, a Professor of Medicine, Olufemi Fasumale, had harped on the need for government to make policies that would promote healthy living and policies to improve access to high quality health care services. Fasumale urged the people to always maintain a healthy lifestyle, learn to eat healthy diet and avoid smoking tobacco.
He explained that Nigerians suffering from diabetes have limited access to experts, saying the nation has just 150 practising diabetologists. This, he described as one of the major challenges facing the nation’s health sector.