In case you haven’t heard, the First Lady Aisha Buhari intends to establish a private university in Kaduna and name it after President Muhammadu Buhari. It will be named Muhammadu Buhari University. How sweet. Not sure if this would be done after Buhari’s second term as president. Still, of all the problems plaguing the country, we do not need a private university. The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) thinks so too. They have described the First Lady’s plan to establish a private university as a disaster to the country’s educational system and a joke taken too far.
The chairman of the University of Ibadan chapter of ASUU, Deji Omole, made this disclosure on Tuesday, while speaking with journalists during an interview in Ibadan. Omole, in his reaction, said the plan to establish such university has confirmed why Buhari has continued to reduce budgetary allocation to education since he assumed office in 2015.
“The implication is that Nigerians should know that this leadership does not believe in public funded education. Nigerians should support the struggle for the government to take education as a core investment upon which this country will be liberated. It is not the children of the rich that will solve the problems of Nigeria but the children of the poor and the tool they need is quality education.”