- President Buhari has said that he may have been part of the herdsmen/farmers clashes if he did not go to school
- However, he said because he went to school, he was able to enlist in the military and avoid being a part of the crisis
- He also restated his resolve to seek reelection in 2019; saying that he would be victorious
President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that had he not gone to school, he night have been one of those involved in the clashes between herdsmen and farmers, Punch reports.
The president made the comment at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi, on Thursday, April 26, during his two-day visit to the state.
NAIJ.com gathers that the president urged Bauchi residents to allow their children go to school, as he addressed the thousands who thronged the stadium to welcome him on his first visit to the state since 2015.
Delivering his message in Hausa, he stated: “Make every effort to put your children in school, plead with them to be patient and read hard. In this generation, you cannot make it except you are educated.
“Now, look at the farmers/herdsmen’s clashes in the northern part of this country. I have been telling people that if I had not gone to school, I would not have gone into the military. And where I come from, since my cows are finished, maybe, I would have been involved in this fight.
“But because I went to school, I got a job to do and because of that, desertification is everywhere, there is no bush we will go to cut down trees and destroy farms and the rainy season is not promising. Because of that, education is the guarantee.
“You should strive hard and be educated, get the education that will benefit you and the society, it is not compulsory that government will give you what to do.”
President Buhari also declared that he would emerge victorious in 2019 as he restated his resolve to seek reelection.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that President Buhari appealed to the people of Benue state not to cave in or allow themselves to be used by those he considered enemies of the country trying to bring it to a sorry point.
Buhari made the appeal in a statement by one of his spokespersons, Garba Shehu, late Thursday, April 26.
It read in part: “Repeated acts of mass killings and destruction in parts of the country and Benue state in particular, point to the evil design of enemies of peace and unity who have desperately been trying to bring the country to this sorry point: a brother killing brother, a neighbor killing a neighbor and a community attacking and killing members of another community.
“The president strongly warns citizens against playing into the hands of the agents of disunity."
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