I vowed to support girls’ education after my sister left school to get married – Obasanjo
Olusegun Obasanjo has chastised those who oppose girls’ education in Nigeria.
The former Nigerian President spoke at an event marking this year’s World Diabetes Day, organized by the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation (OOF).
During the event held at the main auditorium of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, Ogun State, Obasanjo emphasized the need for contentment in any human endeavour, saying that it could reduce the risk of diabetes.
In a statement by his Special Assistant for the Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, on Tuesday, November 15, Obasanjo said his personal experience in girls’ education led him to include girls’ education as a focus area. of the Foundation.
He says: “When I started school in the village, I had a younger sister, after two years of school, my sister started school. I was the first of my two years and gradually my sister was also the first of the She started school and suddenly our father decided to withdraw her from school, because the education of a girl ends in the kitchen, but I stayed in school.
“That singular action was the difference between his development as an adult and my development as an adult. And, I thought when I got back from the UK, I would send him to school. where I came back from the UK my wife had given my sister away in marriage and that ended my sister’s upbringing.
“Then I swore that anything I can do for girls’ education, I will always do. And this unfortunate idea that girls’ education ends in the kitchen doesn’t matter. The culture of giving preference to a boy over a girl is an idea and a culture that must be killed. Woe betide anyone who tries to relegate my eldest son, Iyabo. Iyabo will crush such a person, let it be her .