This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
Friday, January 15, 2016
MURIC COMMENDS TAMBUWAL FOR PRIORITISING EDUCATION
16th January 2016,
TAMBUWAL FOR PRIORITISING EDUCATION
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State recently presented a budget estimate
of N174.35 billion for the 2016 fiscal year with education getting 29 percent.
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) lauds this move. It is not only timely but
consistent with the state government’s declaration of a state of emergency in
the education sector. It is also a fulfillment of the governor’s campaign
promise to place emphasis on education. By allocating this huge chunk of the
state’s resources to education, the governor has kickstarted revolution in the
education sector in Sokoto State.
Governor Tambuwal’s allocation of 29% of the state’s budget to education
surpasses the 26% recommended by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). This is highly commendable because Nigerian
governments both at federal and state levels have never been known to comply
with UNESCO’s recommendation.
had earlier given a directive that the state government should pay for all
candidates who registered for the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB)
examinations for the year 2016 regardless of their states of origin.
This is another proof of the governor’s commitment to emancipating Sokoto
State from the shackles of ignorance. But the fact that his education policy
does not discriminate against non-indigenes of the state places him above
clannishness and ranks him among true statesmen of our dear nation.
We regard Governor Tambuwal’s bold step as a long shot in the arm in the
fight against insurgency which has been blamed on widespread ignorance,
unemployment and poverty at the grassroots level. Had former governors in the
North paid proper attention to educating the youth, the Boko Haram phenomenon
which has claimed more than 150,000 lives, produced about 1,000,000 internally
displaced persons (IDPs) and almost completely destroyed the economy of the
region would not have arisen at all. This, indeed, is the crux of Governor Tambuwal’s
invites other state governors to emulate Tambuwal’s bold initiative.Nigeria needs revolution in the education sector to get out of the current
economic conundrum. The only way to achieve technological breakthrough is by
investing heavily in education.
We call on Nigerian leaders to fear Allah. Nigeria’s scarce resources must
be used to achieve maximum advantage. By commanding Prophet Muhammad
(peace be upon him) to “Read in the Name of your Lord Who Created” (Qur’an
96:1-5) Islam has identified education as the first priority in the pursuit of human
welfare. It therefore becomes a divine commandment for those in
positions of authority to ensure that Nigerian youths are given qualitative
command given to the Prophet to seek education transcends his personality. It
flows down to all homo sapiens. Education is therefore an Allah-given fundamental human
right and a divinely given destiny. We charge Nigerian leaders to create an
enabling environment for Nigerian youths to fulfill their destiny of knowledge,
skill and empowerment all of which lead to prosperity. Nigerians have no
business wallowing in ignorance, poverty and squalor.
Also by affirming that those who are educated cannot be compared to the ignorant
ones (Qur’an 39:9), Allah has made it abundantly clear that education is the
determining factor between the advanced countries and the underdeveloped ones. Education gave Adam (peace be upon him) an
edge over the angels (Qur’an 2:30-35)
The choice is therefore open for our leaders to pick: whether to perpetually
enslave Nigerians by paying ordinary lip service to education or to liberate
and lift them to the floodgates of knowledge which is capable of leading the
country to El Dorado.
Finally, MURIC recommends that those who aspire to public offices,
particularly those of president and governor, must provide evidence that their
own children are also in Nigerian schools and not pursuing their education abroad.
This may further ensure that our leaders pay adequate attention to education.
It will also distance Nigeria from a glorified Animal Farm community.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)