Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, spoke yesterday on the part of Northern children attending Islamic school (Quranic/Arabic school).
The former Governor of Anambra State observed clearly that the northern kids are vast in the knowledge of the Islamic holy book; hence, he submitted that if elected, his administration would exploit the quranic proficiency to give the children a career pathway built on skills.
Naija News reports that Obi noted this on Sunday during a televised dialogue on Arise Television.
Obi and other 2023 presidential candidates including Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar and Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), were in attendance at the Arise TV town hall meeting to further their dialogue on what they have for Nigerians if elected.
Speaking on northern children’s ability to master the Islamic holy book, Obi said such efficiency means the kids would be able to master skills to hike out of poverty.
“If they can learn Quran, it means they are intelligent,” Obi said as part of his broad response on tackling education in Nigeria if elected.
He added: “I will meet them where they are learning Quran” and let them know they can have skills.
“What we need to do, other than increased investment in education, is also to have increased inspection across state and local government.”
The presidential hopeful stressed that Education in northern Nigeria has lagged behind the rest of the country for decades, with a substantial majority of the country’s out-of-school children being from the region, per UNICEF estimates.
Obi repeatedly suggested that education in Nigeria could play a major role in piloting the country out of endemic poverty and deprivation. If elected at the upcoming presidential election, he said he would earmark 10 percent of federal budgetary provisions to education, a feat never before achieved in the country’s 62 years of self-government.