The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, has said that Nigeria as a country is in trouble and facing a cyclic problem.
He said that if people at the grassroots are not given education or at least provided with jobs it will get to a point that Nigeria might be ‘totally wiped out’.
The minister spoke on Tuesday during the inaugural partnership economy summit organised by the Ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, in Abuja.
He said at the summit tagged, ‘Translating Sustainable Development Goals to local businesses in Nigeria’: “We are in trouble as a country. We are in trouble and anybody who tells you he doesn’t know we are in trouble is lying to himself and once you lie to yourself.
“We are facing a problem that is cyclic, one begat the other. It is left for you and me the elite to decide to save ourselves, save our children and save our country.
“If we keep on with these symptoms; buy ammunition, bomb these people, bomb kidnappers, bomb Boko Haram, you will be wasting resources.
“If you had prevented it, it would cost you less. We must give education to these people at the grassroots.
“Those who can’t get an education, we must provide them jobs so that they can fend for themselves. They can put a roof over their heads.”
On the solution to the many problems facing the country Ngige said, “If you don’t kill ignorance, you are breeding people who would be brainwashed to believe that with Biafra all their problems will go away; Oduduwa, all their problems will go, Boko Haram.
“If we don’t tackle them, we will continue like this until this country might be wiped out completely; we don’t pray for that. We must give education to the people at the grassroots.”