Nigerian parliament rejects bill to make history compulsory subject in schools

House of Representatives
House of Representatives

Nigerian lawmakers on Thursday threw out a bill seeking to make history a core learning subject in the nation’s primary and secondary schools.

The proposed legislation was rejected by the House of Representatives after members raised concerns about the implication of a language in it.

The bill, titled “A Bill for an Act to Make History a Core School Subject in Nigeria’s Primary and Secondary Schools and for other Related Matters,” was proposed by Ayodeji Oladimeji from Ekiti State.

Mr. Oladimeji said he crafted the bill to address widespread ignorance of Nigerian history – and even major historical events around the world – among Nigerians in primary and secondary schools.

“I have a secretary who did not even know anything about former Head of State, Murtala Muhammed,” Mr. Oladimeji, an APC member, said. “Colleagues, we need to do something about this situation because history is highly essential for nation building.”

But Mr. Oladimeji’s proposal quickly met an opposition, first in the person of Zakari Mohammed and later from other lawmakers.

Mr. Mohammed, an APC lawmaker from Kwara, said the word ‘core’ in the heading of the bill was problematic and blocked it from passing a second reading.

“I know it’s important for a people to know their history, but the word ‘core’ in the title of the bill is somehow,” Mr. Zakari said.

His position was later echoed by a few other lawmakers who demanded the bill be stepped down —even when they spoke highly of its importance.

The opposing lawmakers further stated that the parliament does not need to pass a bill strictly for the purpose of mandating history.

They said other key subjects such as English and mathematics are being taught in schools without special legislative backing.

But Mr. Oladimeji said he proposed the bill because he understood that history used to be in Nigeria’s early education curriculum but had since been removed.

The Nigerian government reportedly removed history from key subjects in schools in 2009.

Mr. Oladimeji said enacting the adoption of history into law should make it stringent for education administrators to expunge from the curriculum.

Speaker Yakubu Dogara, nonetheless, overruled Mr. Oladimeji’s prayers and urged him to go and rework the bill.

The defeated proposal came on the heels of relentless calls by academics for history to be restored into the curriculum for pupils.

In August, Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, decried the removal of history which he believed would result in a lack of adequate education for teenagers.

“I learnt not so long ago that history has been taken off the curriculum in this country. Can you imagine that? History?” Mr. Soyinka, a professor, said. “What is wrong with history? Or maybe I should ask, what is wrong with some people’s head?”


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  • Mrs. Ebun Alagoa

    DEAR EDITOR,

    The history of creatures like Olusegun Obasanjo, Ibrahim Babaginda, Sani Abacha, Yakubu Danjuma,
    Goodluck Jonathan, Musa Yar’Adua, Umaru Yar’Adua, Murtala Muhammed and some other thieves
    who stole the treasury, or poisoned ethnic and religious relations – like President Buhari is doing –
    should never be taught to our children. We the adults are trying hard to forget these creatures,
    unless they can be brought to swift justice by a well-regulated militia. Useless human beings
    don’t deserve a footnote in the history of a country which truly wants to progress very soon.

    • Man_Enough

      History is the story of activities of both good and bad. The deeds of Angel Gabriel and Lucifer appear in the same annals. The important thing is that the stories be told as they actually happened.

  • ologbon

    Expected!!! They wouldn’t want the future generations know the atrocities they are perpetrating and how they are mortgaging their future by way of stealing our common patrimony dry. Nothing last forever … something will give way and very soon and nobody should cry for any democracy. We just don’t need democracy at this time of our existence!!!

  • Man_Enough

    In dealing with budget proposals, the law makers will tell us that they have power to add and to remove. Why couldn’t they just remove the offensive words or phrases, add their own and pass the bill? They want to be spoon fed. This is laziness.

  • endipin

    If you don’t know where are coming from, then you don’t know where you are going. QES.

  • Jacky

    Because History will never forgive them!

  • thusspokez

    Philosophy and critical thinking should be a must! Nigerians extremely, lack thinking skills. The standard of discussion, particularly, on Nigerian media is extremely low; and would drive some people to weep for Nigeria.

  • Intrepid

    No history, no humanity. Ignoramus. They don’t want their kids to know their twisted ways.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      …YES ,at the expense of future good governance, we have nincompoops as politicians, they are more interested in hiding away the grotesque genocide of Biafra and other acts of failure hounding the history.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    IN the UK, Law and economics are critical to the governance skills , the next in importance is history , THOSE WHO WANT TO HAVE FUTURE GOOD GOVERNANCE MUST ELEVATE HISTORY TO IT’S RIGHTFUL PLACE. Most who partake in governance , the aristocracy and wealthy must know a lot of law and economics and enough history. The British are smart and the USA copied them,check Obama, Bush snr, Bush jnr, Clintons both bill and Hilary,Regan etc all have law backgrounds.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    House of Reps is becoming a useless institution. If the word ‘core’ is your problem, what the House should do will just be to cross out that word and look at the rest of Bill. I’ve never seen a crop of population in that House. What would this House lay claim to when it winds up activities at the end of its term? Maybe it would say it helped the Executive secure a 30 billion dollar loan whose effects would be seen hanging round the necks of all Nigerians.

    • St

      Yes I concur, we have too many illiterates in that house

  • vagabonds in power

    I know those who would fight against such would always come from the Fulani North—————————–They will prefer to have the entire South—recite the Koran from sunrise to sundown————The south should introduce the bill in all states of the federation in the SS–SW and SE——-see why we often call for separation – ———Animals—

  • Omotolaaraujo

    If children are not taught what led them to this place that they find themselves in, they will turn out like the trash that sold their future and lives who now deny them from learning the truth.

  • Sunday Oluwafemi Philips

    Instead of making economics core course, what history do we teach primary school pupils in Nigeria system that couldn’t crawl since 1960?.
    History is good and can be taught in schools but should not be as core as pronounced. Rather,I will say Nigeria is lacking economic will to do things as expected.
    Knowing the name of former head of states is good,reading about them is also better but the best comes from having good economic plans by individual.

    • LadyRosely

      Can we also have a bill that makes economics core?? You can have a multifaceted core. History, economics and STEM

    • Koko boy

      I bet you belong to the lost generation that knows nothing about their history reason why you consider it not so important. If you truly cannot see how your identity is tied to your history, then prepare to be enslaved again and again because history must surely repeat itself on you morons.

  • LadyRosely

    Nigeria may just be finished

  • Kosmos

    Shame!!!!!!, are you guys still surprised? So you guys still don’t know we’re been led by bunch of dumb ass, what do you expect of them.

  • odenigbo.ndioma

    Look at the evil a country can do to her citizens even the moron students and parents don’t even to protest to contest the decision of the government. God cursed nigeria right from the day the idea was born. Ancient landmark cannot be removed without proper consultation of the Indeginous people, the real owners of the land. Deuteronomy 19:14 we read, “Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour’s landmark, which they of old time have set. Proverbs 22:28 says, “Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.” Deuteronomy 27:17 we read, “Cursed be he that removeth his neighbour’s landmark. We the Biafrans must secede from this cursed country with bunch of moron citizens who has no knowledge about history and fact about their miserable country and the World in general. We the Biafran people, we don’t play with history, we will continue studying history both in our homes and in our gathering in Biafra Land till end of time. That is why I don’t blame the Yorubastards and Hausa-Fulani moron who speak without reason when ever you engage them in any debate on issue of this miserable country call nigeria. When you tell a nigerian that Biafrans and nigerians don’t share the same value system, you will see them ranting and telling you about diversification. How can one debate with a moron who has no knowledge and idea about his country? Their lack of knowledge candle their fury whenever you engage them in dabate about this hopeless country. It’s not the fault of Biafra if the Islamic Government of nigeria prefer to keep their citizens blind of activities and World Historic Events. They prefer to see their citizen as narrow-minded morons wollowing in Ignorance and stupidity. That is why they will not stop advertizing their ignorance and stupidity to the general public. Inshallah and by the grace of The Almighty God Biafra must secede from this mis-managed, Miserable, unproductive, undeveloped, uncivilized, terrorist infested, fantastic corrupt nigeria, failed state flountering without vision and purpose, governed by rogue elements. Biafra must continue as a nation as long as the sun, moon and stars is on the sky. God bless Biafra.