Amukun in Yoruba is people with K-leg, this is how common K-leg is in our society that people with the condition get dedicated name.
In order to correct k-leg, one needs medical intervention. I witnessed this being done once, the result was incredible. Up to that time I had thought once you had a k-leg or bow-leg, you live with it. Here, it is the parents’ job to foot the bill and help the child concerned through the healing process and not the other way around.
This is not about k-leg or medical issues which Nigeria has plenty of. It is about generation of parents shying away from their responsibility and allowing shameless religious nutters to use their school children for unrelated agenda.
Earlier last month in the UK, there were parents protest on behalf of their children by keeping them at home so they wouldn’t have to go through the government recommended test for primary schools.
My daughters had to be tested before we were accepted to the school in the first place so aware that we are in for regular test for years to come. Having said that what I found appealing was that people who just do not want their children tested for one reason or the other took time out of their day to demand a change in law for the benefit of their children.
Whether this is right or wrong thing to deliberately get kids to miss school in the name of avoiding being tested is not my focus here, rather is the parents’ willingness to help get more explanation about government decision.
Now here in my state of origin, Osun State it is the other way around. There are issues, a few of them, however, somehow people, elders and most importantly religious leaders Muslims and Christians manage to narrow them all down that our only major problem is the way children dress to school.
Problem: Current governor Ogbeni Aregbesola reportedly okayed Muslim girls to wear hijab to school. This did not sit well with many Christians because it means that now Muslims girls can wear hijab to a traditional Christian schools.
Muslims are happy. Are the girls who are subjected to this happy? That is a whole other issue.
Some christians are not happy. Their solution to the problem is to encourage their children to attend school in their choir robe – sweet!
After reading so many pieces on this argument and people affirming their ‘right’ to wear whatever they wanted to school following what their religion dictates as the norm, I am more convince than even that ours, Nigeria is a nation heading for self destruction, religious leaders regardless of faith will always win, the losers are the majority, mostly poor people who continue to lend themselves and their family to baseless fights.
Religion and government can not be mixed together, it gets into peoples’ head. The purpose of going to school is to be educated, in order to maintain equality, school uniform was created so no one feels out of place.
To the Muslims, I’ll say I can see your frustration with churches in every corner. However, if your religion is so special that for your child to conform to school rules for 6 hours in a day is asking for too much, then maybe one should ask if this is really about worshiping Islam.
All in all, all this looks like unfortunate event to me, it is just a shame that any parents would support their young adults in secondary school doing this protest when we all are aware of the danger.
Ogbeni Aregbesola – I must admit that I am really impressed that for once in the 24 years since the state was created we are blessed with a governor who is not in denial regarding the state of our public schools, who is working to make pubic schools more appealing. Please let’s focus on education and less on divisive religions.