The president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret.), in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe state, urged parents on Tuesday to send their children to school to counter the vile ideologies of the Boko Haram sect.

He also said voting for All Progressive Congress presidential candidate Bola Tinubu and his running mate Kashim Shettima in next month’s elections would underpin his regime’s progress on security, the economy and education.

According to a statement signed by the president’s special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari spoke at the APC presidential campaign rally at the August 27 stadium in Damaturu.

The statement is headlined: ‘Tinubu/Shettima election will ensure education, security and economy, says President Buhari in Damaturu.’

Stressing the need for education to counter the Boko Haram ideology that had permeated the region, the president told parents and guardians in Yobe: “Make sure you send your children to school and make them understand that everything they have in this world can be taken away.” away from you except the knowledge that you have in your head.”

”I was an orphan; I didn’t know my father. I spent nine years in a boarding school and because of my education, I enlisted in the Nigerian Army.

“I want you to strengthen your faith, do your best to support the children and family that God has entrusted to you. Not betray that trust,” he added.

He urged APC candidates to ensure good governance when elected and not disappoint the electorate.

In his remarks, Tinubu urged Nigerians to reject notions about the Buhari-led regime spread by opposition parties.

“This government is a government of progress, integrity and honesty,” he said.

While praising Buhari for the return of peace and normality in north-eastern Nigeria, Tinubu vowed that his government would turn the region into Nigeria’s agri-allied processing hub.

He also promised that university students would no longer spend additional years in university beyond the standard length of the course of study, as it would address the root causes of the perennial ASUU strikes.

Tinubu therefore advised the people of Yobe and north-eastern Nigeria to vote for APC candidates in the general election, ensuring that Nigeria’s economic prosperity would flourish under his rule.

For his part, Senate President Ahmed Lawan accused the People’s Democratic Party of destroying Nigeria during his 16 years in power, saying “they should be ashamed of themselves and have no right to go around Nigeria looking for votes.”

In attendance were all the North East APC Governors, APC National Chairman Abdullahi Adamu, Vice Presidential Candidate Shettima, as well as Plateau State Governor and Presidential Campaign Council Director General Simon Lalong among others.