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ASUU lambasts Aisha Buhari over move to establish private university

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Tuesday lambasted the Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari over her proposal to establish a university in her husband’s name.

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Mrs Buhari had disclosed her intention to establish a university after her husband last Saturday during a town hall meeting in Yola, Adamawa state.

Although she did not explain the time or place the university would be sited, the first lady explained that it would be established in collaboration with foreign partners from Sudan and Qatar.

Responding, ASUU stated that the declaration was a sad reminder of the president’s continued reduction of budgetary allocation to the education sector since 2015.

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ASUU chairman, Ayodeji Omole of the University of Ibadan chapter, said the proposed university was a joke.

 “When I heard about the proposed private university to be named after Mr President, I just looked at it as a joke taken too far.

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“If we have a president in a country that has simply refused to fund public education and all we get from the first family is to establish a private university in collaboration with some foreigners, it is a disaster for this country and for a sitting president.

“The implication is that Nigerians should know that this leadership does not believe in government-funded education,” he said.

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