- President Muhammadu Buhari has given his response to the offer of assistance by an Islamic group in the area of terrorism
- The foreign group known as Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has promised to help Nigeria fight insurgency through education
- The president, on his part, accepted the offer, adding that some Nigerians have been wrongly indoctrinated through religion
President Muhammadu Buhari has welcomed the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)'s promise to help Nigeria tackle the Boko Haram insurgency with the use of education.
Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the presidency on media and publicity, in a statement on Friday, September 28 said the president gave his consent to the pledge during a bilateral meeting he had with OIC’s secretary-general, Youssef Al-Othaimeen,
This was part of the deliberations that came up on the sidelines of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on Thursday, September 27, Punch reports.
The president stressed the need for sound education in re-orientating Nigerians who have been wrongly indoctrinated through religion.
He pointed out that the problem in Nigeria was aggravated by climate change and population explosion.
He reiterated his position on the need for the recharge of Lake Chad through inter-basin water transfer, “to take care of about 45 million people who depend on the lake for agriculture, animal husbandry, fishing, and many others.”
Earlier, Al-Othaimeen told the president that his organisation had passed a resolution committing member states to support Nigeria in combating terrorism.
The OIC's scribe said that the body was ready to use its facilities and institutions to correct the wrong narrative the Boko Haram insurgency has imprinted on the consciousness of many people about Islam.
Al-Othaimeen, who said that development was essential to addressing extremism, also vowed to help Nigeria that regard.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Mairo Mandara, a speaker at the Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) summit in Abuja, had disclosed that some of the rescued Chibok schoolgirls in Borno were taken through intensive school classes and thereafter sat for the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
Mandara, a former country director of the bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, added that four of the girls are now undergraduates in a university overseas.
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