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Learning of history can avert a repeat of past mistakes – Obaze 

The immediate-past Secretary to Anambra State Government and a frontline PDP governorship aspirant in the forthcoming governorship election in the state, Mr. Oseloka H. Obaze has said intensive teaching of history in schools and colleges is capable of averting a repeat of the ugly incidences of the civil war that broke out in 1967.
Obaze made this call on Sunday when he attended 2017 Fathers’ Day service at Anglican Church of the Holy Spirit, Awka.

Speaking, the governorship aspirant said, “It’s important that we follow history. There is a portion of Nigerian History we don’t want to teach our young ones. Brutish as that portion is, we must allow our children to learn their history.

“If they don’t know, chances are that they will repeat past mistakes and I’m happy the Federal Government has reversed itself to allow for the inclusion of history in our school curriculum.”

In his Fathers’ Sunday sermon, Revd. Canon Jason Onyeakagbusi, called on all fathers to be historians and storytellers. He said fathers have, in addition to other responsibilities, the responsibility of telling their children stories about their past. He said such helps to preserve history. He however enjoined the fathers to always set the narratives right, especially in this era of hate messages.

Obaze frowned at the government and the society at large, for tending to forget people who made positive contributions once they are outside the lime light, an act he said “undermine history and record of pioneers and accomplished individuals.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Oseloka H. Obaze has called on parents to engage more with their children. In a statement personally signed by him to mark the 2017 Fathers’ Day, Obaze said, “Fathers bring colour to our world. But today is mostly a day of reflection and stock taking. As Fathers, we must get closer and engage more with our children in learning and in morals.”

Continuing, Obaze said “That 10.5 million children are out of school in Nigeria, the highest rate in the world, reflects our collective failure in parenting. The society must recommit to our declining values. It takes a village to raise a child, but the initial tasks is thrust upon us parents. Let us not fail in to do out part.” Obaze concluded.


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Oseloka Obaze, MD & CEO

Oseloka Obaze, MD & CEO

Mr. Obaze is the former Secretary to the State Government of Anambra State, Nigeria from 2012 to 2015 - MD & CEO, Oseloka H. Obaze. Mr. Obaze also served as a former United Nations official, from 1991-2012, and as a former member of the Nigerian Diplomatic Service, from 1982-1991.

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