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Opinion: Why Buhari’s children study abroad

Yusuf Buhari
Buhari’s handsome son Yusuf

Editor’s note: Femi Owolabi has reacted to the news that President Muhammadu Buhari’s children graduated from the UK University. The author through his Facebook page accused the president of neglecting Nigeria’s education system.

Last week, President Buhari’s family celebrated the graduation of their children, Zahra and Yusuf, from the University of Surrey, Guildford, England.

Yesterday, former president Goodluck Jonathan’s spokesman, Reuben Abati, took to Twitter to celebrate the graduation of his daughter, Elizabeth, from the University of Bristol, UK.

What our politicians and leaders are telling us is that Nigerian government-owned schools aren’t good enough for their kids. They are right. I can’t imagine Yusuf Buhari – with his drawing board – standing behind Badaru Yusuph, under that scorching sun, to queue for one of the rickety buses that would take them through the potholed road from Bosso to Gidan-Kwano campus of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria.

I can’t imagine Zahra Buhari sandwiched in-between Dare Zainab Oniyangi, Safiya Mohammad, Kafayat Saleeman and about a thousand of other students inside that LT1 of Bosso campus that was built to take 250 students.It is impossible for Elizabeth Abati to stay extra hours with Elizabeth Ekanem at the Chemical Engineering laboratory, waiting on power supply so they could do their practical.

Or is there anyone of them who can join Wale Ajayi for TDB at D-Block where they will read with candles till dawn? Mr President is acknowledged as the ‘Visitor’ to all federal universities.

And so, the political elite knows what he is doing when he refuses to put his own kids in schools managed by the government he runs. The system is a failed one, and our politicians who are largely responsible for this failure have secured better alternatives for their children in the UK.
President Buhari and his daughter Zahra

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