Nigerian youths operating under the aegis of Youths Arise Movement, yesterday appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to declare free education in all the federal government-owned tertiary institutions across the country.
Speaking with newsmen after the meeting of the movement in Owerri, the Imo State capital, National coordinator of Youths Arise Movement, Engr. Mark Uchenwa, said declaring free education in all the federal government owned universities, polytechnics and colleges would mean a new chapter in the fight against terrorism, armed robbery, kidnapping and other anti-social vices.
Uchenwa, who is the cofounder of Buhari Majestical Vanguard, said free education, if accepted and declared by the president, would be one of the sacrifices the government of Nigeria would have made for the growth of the country, saying that “education for youths means a lifelong investment for them because youths are leaders of tomorrow.
“Again, we the youths believe that Boko Haram is a product of illiteracy and timidity and if there is free education, that will help to curb the menace and reposition the youths”, he said. He stated that it was the belief of the youths that ensuring education amongst the youths would go a long way in fighting poverty and underdevelopment.
The youth leader noted that since the free education programme worked in Imo State, it would be necessary for the president to try it at federal level. On whether the president could cope in the presence of the economic challenges, the youths urged the president to recover all the stolen money in the hands of individuals as that according to them was enough to finance the free education programme.