A BITTER SWEET EXPERIENCE: MY REGRET ON ABACHA’S DEMISE AND THE PROSPECTS FOR INCOMING GENERATION — Uformadu Ikechukwu John

I was only an infant on hearing the demise of Gen. Sani Abacha who was the then military head of states. Little did I know about him; I heard there was jubilation (awe) post his death. What an irony, and antithesis!!! This reminds me of TS Elliot’s “Journey of the Magi”. Whose death was life.

I could have embarked on a longer narrative on the anniversary of his death, today being 8th June when he passed away in ’98 if I had know much about him. But adopting a ready-made thesis may negates my earlier posed ignorance during his administration.

My weeping heart querks, quacks and quakes at the teachers who refused to teach me history. All I heard in the course of studying literature was the acme of hardships melted on Nigerians with no credits on his good works. What a wrong analytical criticism to have installed. In the same vein, every leader who has sailed the ship of our country Nigeria is a direct replica of an Abacha (there was / is no difference).

The eradication or extinction of history from our curriculum is the reason why Nigerians still make uninformed choices in electing leaders into public offices, their knowledge of their historical antecedent is shallow and ill- informed, neither were they taught. As a matter of fact, history till date has been boycotted from our curriculum in order to foster the gravity of mental slavery amongst her people.

Howbeit, that this development and segregation of history as a subject will be hazardous to the coming generation. Consequently, leaving the country on the pendulum of continuous backwardness and regrets. However, it will be constructive to state here that history should be introduced into our curriculum and also taught by competent hands.

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