Political parties and groups, led by the People Democratic Party (PDP) have reacted with indignation to the proposal to establish Muhammadu Buhari University, a private varsity to be funded by friends and family of the president. A development which was disclosed recently by the wife of the President Buhari, Mrs. Aishat.
PDP’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Diran Odeyemi, alleged that the Buhari’s family was secretly building a university for themselves with public funds under the guise that it was individual donations.
Other parties and group, who reacted to the proposed university are Coalition of United Political Parties, Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership. They described the proposed university as misplaced.
The wife of the President Buhari, had recently, during a town hall meeting in Yola, Adamawa State organised by her in collaboration with Concerned Indigenes of Adamawa, disclosed her plan for the private university.
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PDP urged Nigerians to resist any attempt by Aisha to use public funds to finance her private university under whatever guise. PDP said, “Nigerians will remember that we raised the alarm about the deceitful tactics of Buhari and his immediate family who made us to
feel they could not afford the money for a nomination form for his second term.
“Rather than engage in building a capital-intensive new university, why doesn’t the Federal Government improve on the dilapidated, failing and obsolete facilities of the existing great citadels of our ivory towers that are begging for upgrading and improvement?”.
In the same vein, CUPP’s first spokesperson, Mr. Imo Ugochinyere, in an interview said the planned university indicated that Buhari had no idea on how to improve the education system in the country, security and fight corruption.
“It is a misplaced priority. It shows that the same people are promoting the use of state institution to acquire personal wealth. It also shows that the President and his wife are clueless on how to solve the problem affecting the education sector in Nigeria.
The problem with our education system is not how to build a university in the name of Muhammadu Buhari. “It is contradictory. Where are they getting the land from? Where are
they getting the money from to build the institution? And this is a government that has not fulfilled up to 30 percent of his budget/promises to the education sector.”
Ugochinyere further alleged that Buhari’s administration did not have respect for the education sector. He lamented the infrastructure decay in many universities.
According to him, Buhari and Aisha have no idea for education development in Nigeria.
“These are the same people who were condemning Obasanjo Library. They are doing the same thing over and over again.”