Former president Goodluck Jonathan has revealed that can be used to eradicate poverty from Africa.
In a speech titled ‘Accountable Governance as a Panacea for the Unending Conflicts in Africa: The Legal Profession as the Driver,’ presented on Monday, Oct. 4th in 2021 in the Annual African Bar Association (AFBA) Conference held in Niamey, Niger Republic, the former president revealed amongst other things the weapon that can be finally used to eradicate poverty in Africa.
He said that the major tool for getting rid of poverty in the African continent is education.
The former president encouraged the members and executives of the boards to return to their individual countries and push for the universal right to education.
He said that education should not be a privilege and a right. He further revealed that the method has been proven over time citing Mandela’s popular saying “Education is the most powerful tool that you can use to change the world.”
Jonathan said that countries with higher educated populace enjoyed high per capital profits than others.
The statement read in part: “One of the key remedies for poverty is education which, I believe, countries should provide for as a matter of right.
“I charge the executives and members of the African Bar Association, in their stated objective of using the legal profession to drive down the instances of violent conflicts in Africa, to return to their individual countries and push for the implementation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for all Africans.
“One of those rights is the right to education. Education is not a privilege. It is a right. And you, gentlemen, are in the best position to see to the actualization of that right.
“As Nelson Mandela said, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ Notice Madiba did not say tool. He said ‘weapon’. The war on terror requires weapons, and whether from Nigeria to the Niger Republic or from Cape to Cairo, the best weapon with which to fight terror is education.
“It is a long-term strategy. And it is scientifically proven to work. Education is the greatest equalizer known to man. According to the Global Partnership for Education, every year of education a person receives considerably reduces the risk that they would be involved in the conflict.
“It is obvious that countries with high knowledge intensity and human capacity development enjoy higher per capita profiles than others.“
Source: Naija News