Imafidon, who is consultant to Presidents , European and American governments, Monarchs and corporate leaders, also condemned the act of arresting internet fraudsters popularly know as “Yahoo Yahoo boys,” saying such is not the best way to go.
Speaking on Wednesday in Abuja at a conference titled “the Nigerian child; the genius” organised by Arete Copious Services Limited in alliance with Africa House London and supported by Rotary Club Asokoro and Diamond club, Imafidon charged governments at all level to priotise education to reduce insecurity of lives and property.
The event which has a member of United Kingdom Parliament, Helen Grant and others speaking to parents and teachers in attendance, also brought together administrators of orphanage homes and other educationists.
“What Nigeria needs is not social mobility, it is survival. Do you build a house as if you are living in a prison and vote so much money for security, so much money for guns and said they are trying to protect yourself, from who? Or do you use half of that money to educate people that would have been armed robbers and then give yourself security? We can not have so much money for security.
“I have never heard of Chinese importing Armed robbers to Nigeria, they are our biological children. Some are cultists, were they born cultists?
“So, you don’t need security Mr. Governor, I dont care where you govern. You don’t need a Private Jet because you a governor of seven Local Government areas. I have a priviledge being an adviser to a woman, who is a head of state of 52 nations, she doesn’t have a private Jet.
“So, What you need is a little bit of education, if you have education you will know that you are the Father in-Chief of every child in that state, you will see every child as your own biological child and you will be interested in those children achieving their dreams. So, get your so called budget for security and secure your life by giving education to all,” Imafidon stated.
According to the Don, every child that want to go to University must go to University and the choice has to be from the child and his ambition and his desire and not whether or not the state can afford it because the state can not afford ignorance.
A clinical psychologist, Dr. Alex Agara urged parents not to over indulge their children, saying it is important for parents and teachers to understand their wards.
While questioning possibility of raising geniuses in a poor environment, another speaker, Dr. Alero Utobo, said “I have served three Ministers of education but each time a new minister comes in the hope is high but the hope is always dashed. So, who will rescue Nigeria’s education?
She said the quality of education a child receive should not depend on his or her parent financial status, adding than to raise geniuses government should invest more in education, especially at the elementary stage.
The organiser of the event Catherine Enaowo, while welcoming the participants, urge all the stakeholders in education sector not to lose hope but do everything possible to bring about the needed positive education in the country.