Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state has attributed the attack on the former deputy senate president, Senator Ike Ekweremadu to lack of education.
Umahi made this known on Monday during the opening ceremony of Better Education Service Delivery For All (BESDA) at the Akanu Ibiam International Conference Center Abakaliki.
He said, “We have 13.5% out-of-school children in Nigeria, this is very dangerous. For me, education is everything. Education is health, education is security.”
Continuing he said:”I was addressing the press today on the unfortunate attack of our brother, Senator Ike Ekweremadu in Germany. Those that attacked him were not medical Doctors or Engineers or Lawyers or Chief Executives of parastatals or industries.
“Even if they were least educated, they wouldn’t do what they did. And so, it is lack of education. Lack of education brings frustrations and that is a clear case of what happened.
“And so as we make efforts today, to bring back these children who probably would be attacking us in England, or in America tomorrow, we should know that the slogan in our dear state that every child is your child whether is your biological child or not. We should bear in mind that the only way to safeguard the future of your children and your own future is to preserve the future of the children.
Also the state commissioner for Education,Dr Stephen Odoh in his address said that the state government effort to bequeath qualitative education to all Ebonyi children has not received the desired response from parents, guardians, and caregivers who for one reason or the other still keep their children/wards at home or give them out as maids or house helps.
He said the scenario has led to unacceptable level of out-of-school children in the state especially when compared to other states in the south-east.