In order to combat the odious ideas of the Boko Haram sect, President Muhammadu Buhari urged parents to bring their children to school on Tuesday, January 11, in the capital of Yobe State, Damaturu.
Additionally, he stated that support for Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress; and Kashim Shettima, Tinubu’s running mate, would ensure the continuation of his administration’s achievements in the areas of security, the economy, and education.
Buhari spoke at the APC presidential campaign rally at the August 27 Stadium in Damaturu; according to a statement from the president’s special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina.
The statement is titled, ‘Electing Tinubu/Shettima will guarantee education, security, economy, President Buhari says in Damaturu.’
Emphasising the need for education in countering the Boko Haram ideology that had pervaded the region; the President told parents and guardians in Yobe; ‘‘Make sure you send your children to school; make them understand that whatever you have in this world can be taken away from you; except the knowledge, you have in your head.
‘‘I was an orphan; I did not know my father. I spent nine years in a boarding school and because of my education, I was enlisted into the Nigerian Army.
‘‘I want you to strengthen your faith, and try your best to uphold the children and family God has entrusted to you. Do not betray that trust,” he added.
He urged the APC candidates to ensure good governance when elected and not to disappoint the electorate.
In his remarks, Tinubu urged Nigerians to reject notions about the Buhari-led administration peddled by the opposition parties.
‘‘This government is a government of progress, integrity, and honesty,’’ he said.
While lauding Buhari for the return of peace and normalcy in Nigeria’s North-East; Tinubu promised that his government would turn the region into the Agro-allied processing Centre of Nigeria.
He also promised that undergraduates would no longer spend extra years in the university beyond the standard duration of the course of study as he would address the root causes of the perennial ASUU strikes.
Therefore, Tinubu advised the people of Yobe and North-East Nigeria to vote for the APC candidates in the general election, assuring that Nigeria’s economic prosperity would blossom under his watch.