As a way of tackling terrorism in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that education is an intelligent approach to counter the menace.
Buhari made this known during his official visit to Borno state capital, Maiduguri on Thursday.
Bemoaning the havoc caused by the terrorist group, he said the most appropriate response to curbing terrorism in the country was to further facilitate education, especially that of a girl-child.
“This is a wise response to Boko Haram terrorism, education plays a significant and remedial role in the efforts to provide equal opportunity and achieve a higher standard of living for citizens,” he said.
Speaking on the abducted Chibok and Dapchi girls, the president affirmed the state governor, Kashim Shettima and indigenes that his administration was still committed to recovering the school girls.
“We will not give up. As a President, Nigerian and parent, I share in the agony of parents whose children have been abducted. We will do all that can be done to reunite them with their families,” he said.
Buhari lauded the Borno state government for its investment in housing and education, stating that the focus on education by the state government is of the essence, due to the peculiar security challenge posed by Boko Haram ideologues.
Responding, governor Shettima, commended the president’s effort in addressing insecurity, just as he noted that said the state was confronted with poverty, environmental challenges and lack of access to education, even before insurgency broke out.
The governor further appealed to the federal government to convert the state polytechnic and college of education to federal institutions.
In his remarks, the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar El-Kanemi, lauded Buhari’s “respect for the traditional institution”, while also pledging the support of the traditional leaders in the state to provide information on any Boko Haram threats.
Buhari commissioned some projects in the state, including a mega school, Borno Industrial Hub and a housing estate.