October 26, 2016

Senate urges FG to include Azikiwe, Balewa, Nyerere, Nkrumah’s pan-Africanism struggle in schools’ curriculum



By Henry Umoru

ABUJA—THE Senate has again passed a resolution asking the Federal Government to  include the teaching of history and civic education in secondary schools to further inculcate the spirit of pan Africanism in youths.

The senators yesterday urged the African Union to set aside a day for the celebration of former president of Nigeria, Chief Nnamdi Azikiwe, late Prime Minister, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, late President of    Tanzania, Julius Nyerere, Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana and other pan-Africanists.

They also urged the Federal Government to erect a mausoleum in the Federal Capital Territory in honour and memory of Pan-Africanists and all who struggled for African unity and liberation.

According to the senators, the move became necessary as sacrifice made by these founding fathers of Africa had rapidly  disappeared from the psyche of the present and future generation of Nigerians.

The resolutions were sequel to a motion by Senator Shehu Sani, APC, Kaduna Central, titled Need to include Pan-Africanism in Nigerian Secondary Schools Curriculum.

Senator Sani, who drew the attention of his colleagues to what he called rapid evaporation of the spirit of pan-Africanism in the mind of the youths, said the inclusion of pan-Africanism in schools would ensure the dream of of the founding fathers was not voluntarily surrendered.

“There is the need to include the spirit of pan Africanism in Nigerian child to be nurtured in a manner that we can continue to be our brothers’ keepers.’’

However, the prayer that the Federal Ministry of Education should include Pan- Africanism in Nigerian Secondary Schools Curriculum was amended to read the teaching of History and Civic Education, with Pan- Africanism expunged.

Sani, who warned that if young Nigerians were not inspired about Africanism, the dream of the  founding fathers about the unity of Africa would be a mere folktale and would continue to remain a reference for historical purposes.