Prof. Akin Mabogunje, a geographer, has claimed that Nigerians fail to take reading seriously.
Speaking on Tuesday in Ibadan at a ceremony where he gave out his library to Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Mobogunje explained that the National Library Complex, Abuja which was supposed to encourage reading was neglected for several years.
According to him, this is because Nigerians do not know the value of books.
“Reading is not something our leaders have taken seriously; so libraries look like something strange. One building which has taken several years to complete is the National library. The site was bought when Abuja was created. They started something on it and they are yet to complete it,” he said.
Mabogunje explained that a library is a basic institution in any community with growth and development mindsets, adding that ideas would flourish once it is available to those who can use it.
“It is obvious that Nigerians don’t read and they do not see the importance of books. We need a reading public to appreciate libraries and places where they can get access to books. The younger generations will rise from building on the knowledge of the past,” he said.
I can’t go to heaven with my books and I don’t have to leave my books to be thrown around or given to people selling groundnuts. It can be useful to the next generation”, he stated.