#BringBackHistoryInNigeria – Today, there is a lot of false narratives concerning Nigeria among some ethnic nationalities/cultures. These narratives are targeted at promoting certain lifestyles and cultures while condemning others. People are living in falsehood and not telling their people-descendants the truth about who they truly are and who others are. Where is this taking Nigeria? It is very regrettable that History, as a subject, was removed from secondary education curriculum in Nigeria. And no one seems to be concerned. Some people may claim that Social Studies still has elements of history in its content. Yes; but that is too primary; there is need to go beyond basic education in this regard.
This situation gets worse by the day, especially as the high school subject, ‘History’ is no longer offered/taught in secondary schools across the country. I cannot stop imagining what kind of education policy this is? I do not understand. Even scientists do study history – It is not just about the arts/humanities/social sciences. It only takes a development-minded person to understand how important the study of history can be to a society – Again, it is unarguably one of the most interesting of secondary school subjects. I did not study history in the secondary school myself, but honestly, I regret it.
I am doing this piece as a call for the study of history to be returned to the Nigerian education system/ secondary school curriculum. If this policy is not reversed, then Nigeria may be heading to oblivion. Axing the study of the past/ Nigeria’s past may, therefore, translate into annihilating a people. If the development process is so relegated, then Nigeria cannot make any headway. Unless the truths about the country and the globe is told the level of ignorance will continue to increases. This is one key aspect of humanity that can create proper understanding in both national and international and help project the future.
Nigeria must trace its past correctly in order to be able to address its contemporary and future (developmental) challenges. I had in the past talked about taking the challenge of Biafra to the country’s advantage, but unfortunately, it seems the authorities do not care and no one does. I wonder what great societies of the world today that never had such challenge, or rather, if you will, ‘opportunity’ of war as Nigeria; and they did well to take advantage of same to facilitate their development, which is why they are where they are today
It is very unlikely that Nigeria would be able to correct its mistakes unless the past is talked about, and the knowledge of the past imparted to future generations both formally and informally. This is one sure way of collective and individual development evaluation. Nigerian children should be told about the precolonial and colonial era; they need to be told about the early/postcolonial era, too and every event of the country. Nigerians should be told about the good old days as well as the bad.
In summary, therefore, I am using this medium to plead with the government as they restructure the system to consider the return of ‘History to Nigerian schools and let it be written in both the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WAEC) and the National Examinations Council (NECO).
Please, #ThinkHistory, #BringBackHistoryInNigeria BringBackTheHistoryBooks !!!