Northern leaders must make education priority – Gov Tambuwal

Northern leaders must make education priority – Gov Tambuwal

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Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has said that Northern leaders must prioritise education and promote inclusivity in order to minimize conflicts and ensure long term development of the region.
Speaking in Washington, the United States of America, during a three-day symposium organised for the Governors of Northern Nigeria by the United States Institute of Peace, Tambuwal said giving education the necessary attention would ensure easy mobilisation of the populace for the good of the society.
“Most of the problems associated with our region today could easily have been tackled if the vast majority of our kids are educated. Without educated and an enlightened society, most of our problems will not be solved,” the governor said.
Tambuwal said in a statement issued in Sokoto on Wednesday by his spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, that the conflicts in the North had now made it imperative to begin massive efforts at de-radicalising the youths in the region.
He said there should be sustained engagement of the youths on the need to have peace, harmony and respect for divergent views in the society.
“We may disagree with each other on various issues, but that does not give anyone the license to become violent and cause harm to other people.
“Closely related to that is inclusiveness. All leaders from the grassroots level to the top, must carry along all people in their areas of authority. Favouring one group over another breeds unnecessary tension. When a leader opens his doors, that’s when people understand his policies and that’s when they will make input in how they are governed,” Tambuwal added.
The Northern state governors are attending the symposium with civic leaders from the United States Senior Working Group on Nigeria and representatives of the Federal Government, led by the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau.

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