President Muhammadu Buhari, in a statement yesterday, said his family, particularly his Children that he would not be leaving anything for them to inherit.
He said this when he went to the Emir of Daura’s Palace for the Sallah homage.
The President emphasized that a sound education is the only inheritance he has to give then. And his focus has always been to train his children to be buoyant wherever they may be.
The President who is expected to leave office in May 2023, spoke on the importance of education, imploring parents to instill the right values and morals in their children, including the fear of God, history and respect for the society and constituted authorities, thereby living a steadfast life.
In his statement the President also mentioned the ongoing Strike by the Academic Union of Universities (ASUU) and other academic unions.
Lately Buhari also told ASUU that ‘enough is enough’ regarding the prolonged strike, the leadership of the Union replied him, “describing the charge from the presidency as mere ranting without understanding the grasp of the issues that necessitated the strike”.
The union has insisted on the strike for over five months on issues associated with a unified payment platform and other issues.
However, Buhari in his lecture urged the youths to arm themselves with skills that can help fight poverty and meet the needs of the 21st century.
According to him, more time should be given to the coaching of the future leaders, with basic knowledge of moral values, as the fast changing world, driven by new technology, would be more competitive and demanding.
The President on a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu was quoted ;
“I was locked up for more than three years, after leading the country. At that point, I realized and I told my children that your net worth is what is in your head, not what you have acquired in life.
My focus has always been on training the children to be relevant wherever they find themselves. I told my children, particularly the girls, that they can only get married after getting a first degree.
They already know that I am not leaving anything for anyone to inherit. My greatest legacy to the children is to ensure they are properly educated.”
The President noted that the younger children should be guided and taught history, as they would find it hard to be patriotic, responsible and respectful, without a thorough understanding of their backgrounds.
He said, “Whoever does not have a good sense of history will easily make mistakes.
We should ensure the children get proper education. The knowledge they acquire should not be towards getting government jobs. We don’t have jobs in government anymore. With technology, governments are becoming more smaller, nimble and efficient.
Emphasis should now be on skills acquisition and competence in creation and deployment of technology. During the Covid-19, we asked all level 12 downward to stay at home, and surprisingly the systems worked effectively.”
President Buhari told the Emir of Daura, Dr. Faruk Umar Faruk, that he will be more regular in visits, preparatory to the handing over in May, 2023, adding that the prolonged absence was due to the demands of his office.
The Emir of Daura thanked the President for the infrastructural and institutional developments in the state, saying generations will remember and remain grateful to President Buhari.
Dr. Faruk urged the President to increase his patience and tolerance as he begins to countdown, knowing that the ultimate reward for all his sacrifice will come from God.