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Mathew Oluwaseun
University of Ilorin (Unilorin)
Mechanical Engineering
500Level, Nigeria.

FORMER Solicitor-General and past Commissioner for lands , Lagos state, Mr Fola Arthur- Worrey has argued that the country’s education standard was faulty due to lack of appreciation of history and cultural identity. He made this known recently at a Bibliography lecture organised by Dr Ismail Ibraheem for Masters in Mass Communication students, at the University of Lagos (UNILAG).

In a lecture titled: “Thinking outside the box”, the former Director of Public Prosecution called on Nigerians to redress the problem by changing the narratives handed to them by the Colonial rulers, that kept affecting our thinking, that Africans were lesser humans that lacked history, ideology and identity.

His words: “Some things are missing in our education system in relation to the development of our thought processes”. We must not accept our current position where we are satisfied with merely ‘trying our best’, but must move from being a society of complainers to a problem solving society;

He added, that the major problem we faced was a crisis of identity by accepting the narratives of others, “ For instance the narrative that it was Mungo Park who discovered the River Niger, as if our people had not been living on its banks for eons; or we contrive to create a new ‘pidgin English’ identity that does not enhance our capacity for ordered development, and which no one else but us understand.”

Speaking against the backdrop that Nigerians were doing well abroad, as if it’s been that established that Nigerians were somehow exceptional, the former Commissioner said that this was due more to the fact that the overseas or Western environment encouraged efficiency and was intolerant of inefficiency. He stated that education was not in itself a guarantor for a society’s success but merely one of the tools for success, and that for a country’s educated elite to achieve collective success, they must also understand the way the world works, a sort of reverse-engineering process, and the kind of thought processes that drive change.

“Nigerians do well abroad because the way those societies think has enabled them to understand the critical importance of organization in the management of their affairs, something with which we are mightily challenged here” he said


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Don not get stuck at the well of argument. Let God be your vindicator. Let Him fight your battles. He will vindicate you better than you can vindicate yourself.

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