The former President of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has criticized the deterioration in Nigerian universities.
He alleged that some Nigerian Universities have now become breeding grounds for cultism and other social vices.
Jonathan said this during a recent convocation lecture at the Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu.
“The priority is the issue of morals. Universities should not create criminals,” he stated.
"As a nation, therefore, we must never be weary of prioritizing education, especially the type that is anchored on ethics and innovation, because it is the path towards a secure future, and sustainable peace."
The ex-president also called for an urgent overhaul of the nation's educational system, adding that the universities, as institutions of learning, were designed to build young people to fit into their societies, not the other way around.
Universities in the South-East and South-South regions have recorded an alarming increase in cultism; thus, leading to loss of lives. The cases of theft and rape are also not left out in these universities.
Rather than educate the leaders of tomorrow, the higher institutions now breed the criminals of tomorrow, Jonathan claims.