Some academics and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) on Thursday called for the teaching of civic education in primary and secondary schools in Nigeria to facilitate political development.
In separate interviews with our correspondent in Lagos, they said that more civic education would reduce election rigging and other electoral malpractice.
Mr Sulaimon Arigbabu, the National Coordinator of Human Environment Development Agenda (HEDA) Resource Centre, said that the subject shoud be made compulsory in primary and secondary schools.
He said that poor civic knowledge contributed to Nigeria’s political problems.
Arigbabu noted that political education was part of socialisation and that it had not been taken seriously by Nigerians.
“Many people hardly concern themselves with knowing the content of the manifesto of a candidate seeking political office because of lack of knowledge of its importance for voting.
“Hence, they end up voting for candidates who are wealthy or influential without in-depth concern about what he or she hopes to deliver in office,’’ he said.
The National Coordinator of “Children for Africa”, Mr Kunle Alaba, said that many youths were not aware of their civic rights and obligations because of lack of exposure to civic education.
He expressed the hope that youths being used as thugs by politicians would be transformed with civic education.