Former Governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has called on the Federal Government to re-introduce study of History to the nation’s institutions.
Speaking in Abuja on Monday at a ceremony to mark the presentation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Biography, Tinubu said the study of History is critical to the development of any nation.
After reviewing the Book titled Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria, Tinubu said there is need to return study of History as a subject in the country’s school curriculum.
According to him, removal of History as a subject to be taught in Nigerian schools was disturbing, adding that the move would cut off younger generations of Nigerians from learning about the nation’s history and tradition as well as past mistakes.
Tinubu said: “If countries, including United States of America, teach their students about their histories, why not Nigeria, with its rich history and tradition? History helps a people to connect with the past and learn from past pitfalls.”
Making reference to the book, written by Professor John N. Paden, Tinubu commended Buhari for his leadership style.
Tinubu said: “The book explores how his professional career, his personal life and prior experiences in government shaped and prepared him for the momentous assignment he now has”.
He added:“From the book’s pages, we see a man who has lived his life on assignments that always intersected with vital moments in the nation’s history. He was a man on assignment, when, in the military, he served bravely in a civil war to keep Nigeria united.
“He was on national assignment when he became military head of state in a well-intentioned effort to straighten things out, and set Nigeria on a better path.
“When he ventured into politics and competed for the Presidency, culminating in his 2015 election victory, he was still on assignment, showing that there was no other way for this nation to go but the way of democracy, no matter how difficult the path may be.”