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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Atiku Abubakar denies berating undergraduates in Nigerian public universities, says I’m a proud product of Nigeria’s public school

Former VP Atiku Abubakar, has denied media reports that he recently berated undergraduates in public Nigerian Universities and compared them with his private secondary school students. 

According to the report, at a birthday party hosted for him by students in his secondary school, Atiku allegedly said that no Nigerian public University undergraduate can compete with students in his secondary school, American University of Nigeria (AUN) Academy.
 In this statement released by his media organization today, Atiku denied making such a statement. According to him, he is a proud product of public schools in Nigeria. Read his statement below ...
On Wednesday, 16 November I was at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, as chairman of the annual Zik Lecture Series, where I delivered remarks titled “Crisis, Education and Africa’s Recovery”. The speech, as with many I have made in recent times, has been focused on the roles of government and private sector in providing world class education in Nigeria.
Here is a small part of that speech:
“I could not have gone to school if my parents were required to pay for it. That and the importance of education to nation building is the reason why I strongly believe that primary and secondary education should be free and compulsory in our country and indeed across Africa. That way every child gets to acquire basic education to help them improve their lives and help us produce an enlightened citizenry. That is how it is in the countries that we look up to as models of development.”
On Friday, 18 November I was at the AUN Academy, the secondary school I founded in 1989 (back then as ABTI Academy). While remarking on the eloquence of the head boy, I noted that I was in Unizik as well as AUN (the university I founded) a few days before, and this boy was eloquent as the students I met in both institutions. I encouraged the young man to keep up studying. My statement was clearly a compliment to the brilliance of this exceptional child.
It was surprising to me to see headlines the next day from various publications, including The Cable andBellaNaija, among many others, with headlines declaring Atiku had insulted public universities. There were quotes in the papers which were so unfairly misrepresented; I had no option but to publicly call them lies. I expected more from our press – usually, journalists would refer back to the subject of a report for comment before publication. No one contacted me or my media office. Of course the lie spreads far and wide, in spite of my denial on social media.
So there is no doubt, I am a proud product of Nigerian public schools, and would never insult the institutions which made me.
That episode was still ongoing when I saw a report from Premium Times that I blasted the president as ineffectual in the fight against Boko Haram. A very shocking report.
To clarify, here are a few experts from my remarks:
The insurgents still occupy a specific geographical space. They (Boko Haram) still retain the capacity for occasional deadly attacks. Many citizens in the zone still remain vulnerable and live in fear.
We cannot say that the problem is over until every displaced person is able to return home, to the office, to the market, to the farm, and resume normal activities. We cannot say it is over until we rebuild the schools, the churches, the hospitals, the markets, and the homes that had been destroyed. And we cannot say it’s over until the survivors of this insurgency receive the help they need, including psychological therapy to deal with the trauma that they have been through.
I visited an IDP camp on Saturday and had the privilege of teaching a math class to some children. But the site of hundreds of children running around and unable to attend school was very gut wrenching. It still breaks my heart. So we cannot say the insurgency is over until all the displaced children return to their schools.
And, as I indicated last year, it would not be enough for people to simply return to their pre-insurgency lives. We must do better than that otherwise we would only have papered over the wound without really treating it.
Looking through the remarks, I do not understand how this is a criticism of the president or anyone. Without a doubt, I am from Adamawa State, a state badly affected by the insurgency. I am a stakeholder in the welfare of the people of my state and the north east. I have been supporting the insurgency effort since the last administration, including funding local vigilante operations, which helped repel the insurgents’ attempts in various parts of the state.
Working with my charity organisation, we supported displaced people who flowed in large numbers into Yola, as the insurgency hit their homes. We still support the feeding and housing of thousands of IDPs who call Adamawa home. As one of the leading sons of Adamawa, I see this as my responsibility (although being politically active citizen, many have misconstrued my efforts as part of some grand political drama). In order to keep these events non-political, we do not invite the press to our weekly food deliveries; neither do we promote our seed and farmland distribution events for IDPs.
We do what we do, because the North East is our home. Even if the state institutions fail, we have a responsibility to stand in the gap. The reported starvation in many camps around the country is an example of what could happen if private efforts don’t fill the institutional gaps.
Many of our citizens still live in IDP camps. They are still hungry and displaced from their homes. Earlier in the year, we provided land and grains to 5,000 families, to help them resettle, but there are over 2 million people still displaced! This is why the insurgency is still a problem, and why you should be concerned.
Instead of misreporting what I said, I invite you to come and see what we are actually doing. Come and see the efforts of the men and women of Adamawa Peace Initiative, Christians and Muslims, business people and teachers, people from all parts of Nigeria, who are stakeholders in keeping the peace in the state, come and see the work they’re doing everyday to keep children in the IDP camps fed, clothed and educated.
These are the issues we should be concerned with, instead of publishing false and misleading reports.


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Ogenah Boris said...

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Eddy Ogbunambala said...

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Bonita Bislam said...

Those spoilt brats in that AUN are either too high to be bright or too unserious to be sound.Without mincing words, an undergraduate from a public univerty can bench an ABTI undergraduate despite the learning facilities they have
Atiku is talking too much this days.Not all controversy leads to asorock oh.Some make u remain in Jada

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Did you guys expect him to accept that scandalous comment?
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Juliet Iwuno said...

I knew he was gonna deny it. Linda take note!

freeborn bamislam suani ahmad zinalima said...

Did u say deny huh? DENY IS THE MIDDLE NAME OF all APC's,yorubas AND HAUSAS SO U SHOULD NOT BE SURPRISE OF ATIKU OWN NA. Mr man u are a disgrace why denying what you and i know that u said huh? If its because of 2019 election dude ur going no where is either Nigeria break or we have the president.
Guys this is the people i want us to channel the jungle justice to.THESE COWARDS NEED JUNGLE JUSTICE OO FREEBORN CAN LEAD UNA IF U GUYS WANT US TO STAY NOW NOW.

#sad indeed

Julius Idowu said...

Before nko?

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livingstone chibuike said...

gud for him

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King Maker said...

Forgive us sir, for believing what the press, Internet and keyboard warriors wrote about your statement which was falsely construed and misrepresented. From now on, I am going to sieve any information I hear or see. This days I jump on d bandwagon of this rumor mongers. Facts first before anything.

daniel ubong said...

Not interested about this please.

kunta said...

Who this Post EPP?

Uju Phil said...

When he was havinh diarrhea of the mouth,he didn'member to take his pill! #laimuhammed

ebuka emmanuel said...

He is doin all dis For 2019

Jamila Shaibu said...

Hmmmmmmm ok

daniel ubong said...

Rubbish they keep on denying even after making the comments.

Anonymous said...

Im sorry but Atiku saying he is a product of a system is only an indictment of that system.

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Anonymous said...

Atiku says he is a product of Nigerian Public schools.Which school did Atiku attend?A product of Almajiri secondary school berating well educated Nigerians because of stolen wealth.Shame!

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Anonymous said...

I can see that you're really suffering from chronic madness. God punish your generation.

Eazzy Pompey said...

You better denied it, other wise?

jeremiah onuh Ameh said...

Fake ,liar and lacks credibility to serve his father and he's still dreaming of leading NIGERIANS #Dreamer #selfishOldman

Anonymous said...

I talk am all of una for abti dey take DRUGS,

mira damian said...

Why are u hiding while attacking the guy? U are scared ni?

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