By Bolaji Ogundele (The Nation)
The President spoke when he paid Sallah homage to the Emir of Daura, Dr. Faruk Umar Faruk, at his palace in Daura, Katsina State. Buhari’s advice was contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Mallam Garba Shehu
He urged parents to inculcate the right values, including the fear of God in their children, respect for constituted authorities and living a purposeful life through continuous education.
The President also charged young folks to seek education, not for government jobs, which are unavailable, but to arm themselves with skill and ability to fight poverty and to meet the needs of the 21st Century.
Buhari said 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 statement reads: “I was locked up for more than three years, after leading the country. At that point, I realised 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.”
According to the President, children should be guided and taught history so as not to find it hard to be patriotic, responsible and respectful, without a thorough understanding of their backgrounds.
He was quoted as saying: “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 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.”
He told the emir that he will be more regular in visits, preparatory to his exit from office next year, adding that the prolonged absence was due to the demands of his office.
“This is the longest I have been away from home. In fact, the emir took to the court of public opinion at the prayer ground, when he openly told everyone that I had not visited Daura for close to a year,” he added.
President Buhari said all Nigerians must make sacrifices to move the country forward, especially the public servants, calling for more selflessness and inclusion.
“At the end, it is only God that can reward your efforts, not man,” he said.
Governor Aminu Bello Masari listed the achievements of the President to include social security, which was created to cater for the poor, and ensure that they receive some money at the end of every month.
“No government in the history of this country has done more to reduce poverty like President Buhari’s administration. He asked religious and community leaders to bring enlightenment to bear on successful government programs such as the Social Investment Programmes (SIP), through which 120,000 poor citizens in 12 Local Government Areas of the state receive a monthly payment of N5, 000 and this is happening in all the states.
Masari said: “Today, we have over 863,000 children in the state being fed under the school feeding program. This has created 10,000 jobs for women cooks, 14,000 young men and women enrolled in N-Power.
“We have food vendors who are engaged and earning their livelihood. All the foolish talk on social media is by those who only think of themselves. Our elites are never happy or appreciative until something gets to their pockets,” he said.
The emir thanked the President for the infrastructural and institutional developments in the state, saying generations will remember and remain grateful to President Buhari.
Emir 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.
“All Nigerians, both good and bad, know you are doing your best. In life you will have people who like you, and those who do not like you. If you have many wives, or many children, they will not like you equally.
“Some are insulting you and belittling your efforts now. Don’t worry. They will do the same thing to the next president.
“Keep doing your best and remain tolerant as a leader. In Daura here, even the blind or the leader of all the blinds know that you have made a great difference. We are grateful, and proud of you.”