The former Head of State, who spoke on “Uniting our People for Change” in Zaria, Kaduna State, at a conference organised by the Movement for a Better Future (MFBF), attributed the worsening state of the country’s education sector to ineffective leadership.
He, therefore urged Nigerians to yearn for effective leadership in future elections saying “The biggest problem of this ineffective leadership in Nigeria is education. If you deny people effective education you have finished them,” he stated.
Buhari added, “Education is a vital tool for human existence and development. God has given Nigeria both material and human resources but we have not used them effectively. We have failed to organise ourselves to harness these resources. We have been talking about Sardauna, Awolowo, Azikwe and Tafawa Balewa as great leaders; why can’t we emulate them?”
In his lecture, the guest speaker and director, Centre for Democratic Studies, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Prof. Abubakar Saddiq, said, “No people in the world that slept and left their leaders to do whatever they deemed fit ever made progress. We do not have security in Nigeria and even the government has admitted that.
“When calamity befalls on people, we don’t see our leaders there; why?” he queried.
The event had Governor Rauf Aregbesola as special guest of honour while a former adviser to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo on food security, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, was chairman.