Newly elected President Umaru Musa Yar of Nigeria told a Muslim delegation he would support making religious education compulsory in Nigerian schools. He said:”Moral education training is critical to all efforts we are taking to move this country to higher heights.”
Perhaps, an even greater height would be eliminating corruption in government and end efforts of the armed forces to gain control of businesses. In a nation plagued by widespread corruption and government incompetence to believe enforcing compulsory religious education is going to raise morality is a delusion. Nigeria does not need religious education in schools, it needs education to end corruption and inefficiency in business and government. Why is it when countries have serious problems, they invariably turn to raising morals of youth. It is adults who create the problems, not young people.