Former media aide to President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, has weighed in on the contentious issue of the industrial action embarked upon by lecturers of federal government owned universities.
Omokri said students in federal universities can put an end to the perennial strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities by voting for the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar.
Omokri, who’s a staunch supporter of Atiku, asserted that the issue of strike by lecturers in public universities will become a thing of the past if Atiku is elected as president.
He hinged his assertion on Atiku’s antecedents and interest in education.
He wrote “Education is very important in a leader, because a person cannot go beyond his boundaries, and education expands your boundaries. That is why the leaders of the G-7 richest nations on Earth are all highly educated, with 4 of them (Macron, Biden, Draghi and Trudea) having a Masters or PhD.
“Many Nigerians have posited that Nigeria made limited progress in the last 7 years because of the restricted educational background of General Buhari. That begs the question, shouldn’t we correct that by electing a leader whose educational credentials are above board?
“Of the three major Presidential candidates, Waziri Atiku Abubakar is the most educated. Peter Obi has a second class degree in Philosophy (but tendered only GCE to INEC), Tinubu has a BSc in accounting. But Atiku has a Masters, with Distinction, in International Affairs. Do the math.
“Leadership and learning go hand in hand. And that is why Waziri Atiku Abubakar continues to improve himself through lifelong learning. He is also the proprietor of one of Nigeria’s best secondary schools and universities, and spends his time interacting with intellectuals. The same cannot be said of the other candidates.
“Both universities and secondary schools were closed for months when Peter Obi governed Anambra. As Lagos Governor, Tinubu increased fees at the Lagos State University from ₦250 to ₦25,000. A protest ensued, and several students were killed. In contrast, Atiku has awarded over 100 scholarships to indigent students.
“This shows the value each of the candidates places on education. As a leader, your success is determined by how you grow those you lead. And education is the fastest way to build people up. And Waziri Atiku epitomises that. Many of his personal staff were educated on full scholarship by Atiku.
“While some invest in a beer brewery, and others are wealthy without any apparent sources of income, Waziri Atiku made money from his group of companies, and as a corporate social responsibility, he invested in education.”