Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, has predicted a gloomy future for the country, if the trend of abandoning children in forest and denying them sound education is not addressed.
Speaking while highlighting measures being trawled by his government to tackle insecurity in the state, Masari said such children metamorphose into bandits who end up terrorising the society.
According to him, with minimal or no education, such children portend grave danger to the country in the next 20 years, unless something drastic is done to arrest the situation.
His words: “We have problems now with the forest people because they have no education of any kind. They do not have Islamic education and they do not have Western education because they have been abandoned in the forest and forgotten. So these are the kind of children who have come up today, fighting us, fighting the society.
“If we don’t do more to address it, what will come out of the forest in the next 20 years compared with what we have today, will turn out to be like a child’s play.
“Due to lack of education, they only know one pleasure, which is pleasure of the flesh and that is why they keep on producing children in large numbers.
“I was told this evening that somebody can mobilise over 350 armed men from the forest and we are talking about 350 men without formal schooling, neither Islamic nor Western and they are all married and have children.”