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
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.”