The Former vice president of the federal republic of Nigeria between 1999 to 2007 made a statement while celebrating his 70th birthday which he confirmed himself that he will be the first in his family to attain such age, that graduates of public universities are brainless and they cannot stand his secondary school students.
It is very necessary that we that graduated from public universities respond to this comment because he may not know he has said something bad if his attention is not called to it.
I will like to ask Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, first, where he got the money to build both his secondary and university from? A Yoruba Adage says he who turn somebody to a worthless human being will be the first to call the person useless. Where was the Nigerian Education before Atiku and his Boss, Obasanjo assumed office in 1999? What was their contributions to it between 1999 to 2007? Where do they leave it when they left office?
Having used the money that is meant for over 150 million Nigerians to build schools by the president and his vice, I am sure the vice president will have the audacity to call the Nigerian graduates from public universities brainless.
Shame on you Mr Former Vice- President for saying that the graduates of Public universities of a country where you are vice president for 8 good years are brainless. Let’s call your attention to the fact that the Academic staff Union of University complained about the poor state of the Public university during your time as the vice president which is due to poor funding, the only thing you and your Oga can do then was to promise you will do something about it and up till now nothing has been done. Presently, the ASUU is on a warning strike to remind the present administration of the promises made during your time in the office.
Let’s remind Alhaji Atiku again of his background maybe he will realize he is not better than those he called brainless. History told us that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar could not start school when he ought to because his father was opposed to him obtaining western education. When his not going to school was noticed, his father was arrested and jailed until he paid a fine. Consequently, Atiku Abubakar got registered into Jada Primary School at the age of eight. After his primary school, Atiku was admitted into Adamawa Provincial Secondary School Yola in the year 1960. He later finished his Secondary school in 1965 after he made Grade Three in West African School Certificate Examination.
Atiku Abubakar then proceeded to Nigerian Police College, Kaduna. He left the college for a work as Tax Officer in the Regional Ministry of Finance. Later he got admission to study at the School of Hygiene Kano in 1966. In 1967, he graduated with a Diploma. That same year, Atiku Abubakar was admitted for a Law Diploma at Ahmadu Bello University on a scholarship. He graduated in 1969 and got employed in the Nigerian Custom Service that same year.
Having been employed at the Custom Service, Atiku proceeded for further studies to both Police College and Custom Training School. After the studies, Atiku Abubakar was posted Idi-Iroko, a border town between Nigeria and Benin Republic. His assignments was to be in charge of the Lagos Airport, Apapa Ports, Ibadan Customs Command between 1974 and 1979. Later he moved to North and served in the Kano Command in 1976, then to Maiduguri ( as Area Comptroller) in 1977, from there to Kaduna in 1980 and back to the Apapa Ports in 1982. In 1987 Atiku was promoted to the post of a Deputy Director in charge of Enforcement and Drugs. In April 1989, aged 43, Atiku voluntarily retired from Customs. So what are we talking about?