ByÂ Luka Binniyat
ABUJAâ€”The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Dimeji Bankole, and former Senate President, Senator Pius Anyim, who lead 40 other eminent Nigerians to the Speaker, disagreed on a legislation that would censure Nigerians from sending their children abroad for schooling.
The group argued that the influence young Nigerians got at their formative age while schooling overseas led them to adverse act like that of Farouk Mutallab, and called for a legislation that would censure the practice and develop our educational sector.
But, the Speaker said it was not necessarily that the education that Faruok Abultallab (the 23-year-old Nigerian arrested for alleged attempt to blow up an American Airline last December), got abroad that influenced his alleged action.
He argued that he also had the same kind of privileged upbringing and education, but instead of behaving like Abdultallab, he was brainwashed to enlist into the British Army.
â€œI was privileged to have the kind of upbringing that Farouk had,â€ he said.
â€œI graduated from Oxford University at the same age like Farouk,â€ he said.
â€œI did not become an extremist like him, but I was brainwashed to enlist into the British Army. To defend Western interest. But now, I know better,â€ he added.
â€œMy junior sister graduated from Oxfod University about two weeks ago, and she is doing her National Youth Service, â€ he said.
â€œWhat I am saying is that no one can stop Nigerians from sending their children abroad for quality education.
â€œBut we must try and develop our educational sector too. Abdultallab could have been anyone from anywhere,â€ he said.
But, Anyim said, that, â€œthe National Assembly shouldÂ consider limiting the circumstances under which any Nigerian child can attend primary or secondary school abroad.â€ According to him, it would help in limiting the negative influence they get at such tender age.