Malala visits Osinbajo, begs govt to give education priority attention

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo on Monday received Pakistani rights activist for girl-child education and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Malala, 20, was accompanied by her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai and other members of the Malala Foundation.

The delegation arrived at the villa at about 5.30 p.m.

Malala said the education of girls and boys formed the major highlights of her meeting with Osinbajo.

Malala urged state and local governments to pay more attention to the sector and called for “transparency in the investment towards education as well as the implementation of the Child Rights Act”.

She applauded the government’s efforts in the safe return of the over 100 Chibok schoolgirls and expressed hope that more would be released “to end the deprivation of education among the girl child in the country.”

The young female activist survived gunshots on her head by the Taliban for campaigning for girl-child education in Pakistan.

She had visited Nigeria in July 2014, and campaigned for the release of Chibok schoolgirls who were abducted two months earlier by Boko Haram insurgents.

During the visit, Malala met then President Goodluck Jonathan and parents of the more than 230 captured Chibok schoolgirls.

Malala then announced a donation of $200,000 from her Foundation to support education in Nigeria.

n 2014, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17 alongside Kailash Satyarthi for her fight for the right of girls to education.


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