President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said it was criminal for parents to keep their children out of school especially in the first nine years of basic education.

President Buhari stated this in his remarks after inaugurating the 2019 to 2023 National Economic Council, NEC at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The President who urged the state governors to ensure the enforcement of compulsory basic education in their various states also told them to pay great attention to security, health, education and agriculture so as to guarantee a peaceful and prosperous Nigeria.

He urged the NEC coordination team to press forward with key initiatives that will strengthen the implementation mechanism, enhance cooperation across States and further promote joint deliberations, peer learning and experience sharing, under a very strong Monitoring and Evaluation Framework.