Atiku begs rich Nigerians to help out-of-school children

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice President and founder of American University of Nigeria (AUN) Yola, Atiku Abubakar, has made a passionate plea to Nigerians of means to support charity and humanitarian causes that will help in giving formal education to children who are out of school in the country.
Atiku Abubakar in a press statement released by his media office in Abuja on Friday expressed concern at the depressing statistics of Nigeria currently having the highest number of out-of-school children globally.
The former Vice President noted that given the dire situation in education, the most critical tool for transforming individuals and spurring growth and development calls for a state of emergency in the education sector.
Noting that government cannot shoulder the responsibility alone, the Waziri Adamawa said that the situation requires Nigerians with means to support education charity initiatives such as the Feed and Read initiative of the American University of Nigeria (AUN).
According to the former Vice President, the Feed and Read Programme initiated in 2015 is designed to provide a decent meal per day for the most vulnerable of children in Yola, Adamawa State and at the same time give them exposure to classroom experience where they are taught Basic English, Arithmetic and Hygiene.
The statement observed that the Feed and Read programme was a response to the effect of destruction and displacement caused by the Boko Haram menace in the North-East area of the country which further escalated a surge in the number of out-of-school children in the zone.
“I have always been bothered about the parlous state of education in the North.

When I was Vice President I called a conference of all the 19 state governors in the North to discuss how we could address the problem of lack of adequate access to formal education by a teeming number of the young population in the region.

“Bad as the situation was, the Boko Haram destruction tore apart the little that was left of the infrastructure for formal education especially in the North-East.

The dire situation caused the AUN to champion the Read and Feed initiative which has received tremendous support from the Irish government and the Atiku Abubakar Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Development.

“I personally had to intervene by giving encouragement to this initiative, ensuring that the meals meet with the standard of a balanced diet for school children.

I eat food with these children to show that the food is safe and to lure more of them into the programme. I do this every time I visit the school.
“I am happy when I see these children return a formal greeting in English language and when they solve simple arithmetic.

There remains a large swath of distance to be covered. Nothing is too much to give in providing formal education to all children who are yet to be captured by the education infrastructure that the government is trying assiduously to create.

“That is why I implore more Nigerians who can afford it, to stretch a helping hand to these children. Any amount, no matter how little, will go a long way in making a difference in providing good education for the most vulnerable children not only in the North-East but in other places in the country.”


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  • ijelejames

    After stealing all the money, you are suddenly sympathetic to the people you robbed. Start first by retuning all the money you stole. Very moronic!

    • Olumide Adefarakan

      Mr. Atiku Abubakar was only begging that goofy guys like you hiding under the anonymity of fake beards should deploy the resources you use in buying Data for your usual rants and mischief to humanitarian cause. Period. By the way how much has you, Bearded Mr. Clean contributed to the education of out-of-school children or to any other cause. I daresay that you are a vile and disgusting individual with no care in the world for the most vulnerable in our society.

      • ijelejames

        Why go personal? It shows you are petty and should be ignored. Mugus like you should be ignored when adults are having conversation. Rubbish!

    • sirOscie

      Saint ijelejames, just take the content and forget about the container…. Do the needful support the less privileged children in your community and forget about the former vice president…only the almighty knows our hearts

      • ijelejames

        So I should not speak out on the evil in our society because you are attacking. me by calling me a saint. Go have dinner with the devil and don’t speak up but I won’t.

        • sirOscie

          Stay on the issue…..You dont to like a messenger before accepting a message.

          • ijelejames


  • Dan

    @@ijelejames:disqus. Very apt. Instead for pleading with Nigerians he should return all that he has ‘taken’ first, then people will take him seriously. What a country.

  • Black power

    The presidential campaign has just begun! Bonehead!!

  • Dejandon

    Heheheheh.. Atiku speaks everyday now. From restructuring to youth restfulness, now to education. Indeed our man has started campaign for 2019. Sorry Mr Atiku, we Nigerians just don’t trust you, which part of it can you not understand?
    PDP said we should expect some hi level defection to the party, I am sure your name will be announced first. But scheme as you may, Ask Rock is not for you. Your body oozes out the smell of corruption

    • Lawal Garba

      You should be ashamed of yourself for making a mockery of the plight of the most vulnerable in our country. That you choose to disparage someone deploying his resources to helping the most vulnerable in perhaps the most vulnerable region of Nigeria is disgraceful and speaks to how low some persons can get to input politics into a humanitarian cause. If I were you, will donate the money you use in buying Data for hatchet job to the AUN Feed and Read Programme or any other cause for the good of the helpless. May God bless you as you do this.

      • Babajide

        I mean… if you some are blind to see any good in Atiku, at least say something good to encourage those poor children you benefit from his gesture.

    • sirOscie

      The APC/Pmb led government is biting on the ordinary Nigerians, I believe his call for support for the less privileged children is genuine and not political

    • Zirem

      You must have been sleeping or not not following serious issues as the concern Nigerians, else you will know that Atiku speak on issues sincerely and he does the talk-when he talks he’s done his part first. Let’s all do our part.

  • Bas

    Your in-law baba is owing his workers tell him to pay up

  • Babajide

    If we have just two of Atiku’s like amongst our poltical class who genuinely care about human capital development, we would for sure have had a better country. You may not like his face, but he plays cleaner politics. He could have played politics with Sharia as many state governors from the north did that time when he was vice-president, but he chose a higher moral ground.

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  • Zirem

    Ha! Na wa for us o, how is the call to help the less privileged political? Is it that our conscience has been pricked that’s why we fighting back, abeg let’s do our part, Atiku is doing his.