Aisha Mohammed, the wife of Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed, on Saturday revealed that she started schooling after giving birth to her third child.
She disclosed this at “Naija Youth Talk” event organised by the Bauchi field office of the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF).
Aisha said: “I was 16 years old and a stark illiterate when I married my husband…I only started school after my third child.”
Speaking further, the first lady of Bauchi state decried the high rate of illiteracy and early marriage among young girls in the state, blaming the situation on parents who believed formal education for the girl-child was a mere waste of resources.
“We were 100 girls in my family, but none of us had formal education. I had never been to primary school in my parent’s house.
“This is because our parents never believed in educating the girl-child. I struggled to go to school, but they refused.
“I picked the challenge to be educated from my brothers and after I had my third child, I insisted my husband gets me a home teacher.
“That’s how I started and I later went to secondary school. Today I am a graduate of public administration from the University of Abuja,” she said.
Mohammed, who emphasised the importance of educating every young person in the society irrespective of gender, added that such move would curb crime and social vices in the society.