A first class traditional ruler in Nasarawa State, Dr Ayuba Audu, has advised parents against early marriage of their female children to enable them acquire quality education.
Audu, the Zhe Migili of Migili nation, Nasarawa State gave the advice on Tuesday in an interview with Newsmen in Jenkwe, Jenkwe Development Area of the state.
He appealed to parents and guardians to strive to provide high-quality education for their female wards for the overall development of the country.
The Zhe Migili cited the example of Prof. Dinatu Iwala of Nasarawa State University, Keffi, who became the first female professor of the Migili people to buttress his position.
“Proper education given to the girl-child as well as promoting girl-child education will help in discouraging early child marriage as well as vices among girls,’’ he said.
The traditional ruler opined that education remained the best legacy parents and the government could bequeath to the young children to enhance the nation’s development.
“I want to use this medium to appeal to the people of the state, especially parents to send their female children to school in order to acquire education because educating a girl child is like educating the whole nation.
“The importance of girl-child education cannot be over-emphasised to the socio-economic development of the society,’’ he stressed.
Audu also urged parents to ensure proper upbringing of their children in a way that would make them good citizens of the nation.
The traditional ruler appealed to the people of the state and Nigerians to live in peace and tolerate one another irrespective of their ethnic, religious and political affiliations.
He said that no society could achieve any meaningful development without peace and stability.