Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, explains why he will not leave an inheritance to his children.
On Wednesday, July 13, the president spoke in Daura, Katsina State, emphasizing the need of influencing youngsters intellectually as well as materially.
He urged parents to instill principles in their children, such as respect for established authority and leading a purposeful life, through ongoing education.
In his own words,
“After governing the country for more than three years, I was imprisoned for more than three years.” At that point, I realized and informed my children that your net worth is what you think about, not what you have gained in life.
My priority has always been to prepare the children to be relevant in whatever situation they find themselves in. I told my children, especially the females, that they could not marry until they completed their first degree.
They are well aware that I will not leave anything for anyone to inherit. My biggest legacy to the children is to ensure that they receive a proper education.
We must ensure that the children receive a proper education. The knowledge they gain should not be used to obtain government jobs. We no longer work for the government. Governments are getting smaller, more agile, and more efficient as technology advances.
The emphasis should now be on the acquisition of skills and expertise in the creation and implementation of technology. During the Covid-19, we asked everyone from level 12 on down to stay at home, and the mechanisms surprisingly worked well.”