I was 16 years old and a stark illiterate when I married my husband – Bauchi First Lady, Aishatu Mohammed
Aishatu Mohammed, the First Lady of Bauch State and wife of Governor Bala Mohammed, has revealed that she was a stark illiterate when she got married at the age of 16.
In her words, “I was 16 years old and a stark illiterate when I married my husband. We were 100 girls in our family; none went to school; I only started school after my third child,” she said.
She went ahead to blame parents for thinking girl-child education is a waste as she lamented the high rate of illiteracy and early marriage among young girls in Bauchi State.
“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 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 narrated.
Aishatu Mohammed advised for the education of the girl child and young people which she says would curb crimes and social vices in the society. She added that parents and caregivers should be sensitized on the need to have their wards educated.