Why corrupt politicians are afraid of History – Don

A lecturer of economic and political history at the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University Lapai (IBBUL), Professor Salahu Mohammed Lawal, has declared that politicians and other people fear History “because of their roles in the socio-economic and political maladies which has plagued the nation.”

Lawal stated this in an inaugural lecturer delivered Thursday at the Lapai main campus.

According to him, their roles are recorded by history on the strands of sand with indelible in that cannot be easily rubbed off.

“Since history deals with past records and events, politicians in Nigeria are afraid as the day they would be asked to look into the mirror is not far,” he said.

He argued that the political situation in the country had made politicians to avoid genuine elections, “turned privileged government offices to defraud the state and enrich themselves and cronies,” adding that of recent, politicians with political appointments turned their offices into Automated Teller Machines (ATM) where they milked the nation of its wealth.

“History is feared because it is the store house of peoples’ action. It is a societal mirror. This accounts for seemingly dislike and neglect of history in the country resulting in its gradual annihilation in the school curriculum and by extension in the Nigeria society.”

Prof. Lawal said further that for the country to succeed in total eradication of corruption in all spheres of the society, the study of History should be re-introduced in education curriculum at primary and secondary school levels.

In a remark, the vice-chancellor, Prof. Abu Kasim Adamu, said the management of the institution was in full support of the re-introduction of history studies in education curriculum in the country.