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Published On: Mon, May 12th, 2014

Insecurity: Buhari challenges FG to declare education free

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From Edwin Olofu, Kano

Former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari has challenged the Federal Government to renew its education policy in a way that it could provide free and qualitative education in the country.

Buhari, who was speaking at the All Progressive Congress (APC), second Progressive Governance Lecture Series, in Kano yesterday, identified lack of proper education policy as the bane of poverty, insecurity and political unrest in the country.

According to him, such step would go a long way in preventing insecurity in Nigeria, adding that “our security challenges may get worse if the Federal Government does not fix the education sector.

The former head of state insisted that, “until the falling standard of education in Nigeria is fixed to engage out of school children, the incessant attack on innocent Nigerians particularly in the North east may get worse.”

Buhari also advocated for increased in budget for education so as to raise the standard of education in the country to equal the global best practice.

“When we came to government in the 80s, we called for an education review, led by Prof. Fafunwa, to review all the recommendations on education and identify critical points for immediate implementation. We must draw a clear cut and road map on our education to achieve desire success.”

General Buhari, who regretted that no solution is yet on sight to rescue the missing Chibok girls urges government to put more effort to return to girls.

Rivers state governor, Rotimi Amaechi also noted that the difference is clear in terms of leadership style and governance between the PDP and APC, adding that if the APC had been in government, the spate of corruption would have been curtailed and billions of Naira stolen from the national treasury would have been used to provide free and qualitative education for Nigerians.

Other party leaders who graced the occasion include former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasir El-Rufa’i, Senator Bukola Saraki, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, Senator Aisha Alhassan, Senator George Akume, Senator Mohammed Bingo, Senator Ibrahim Kabiru Gaya, Governors Adam Oshiomhole (EDO), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Senator Bola Ajimobi

(Oyo), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), AbdulAzeez Yari (Zamfara), Ibrahim Gaidam (Yobe), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), former Speaker, House of Representatives, Aminu Masari, among others.

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