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Condemnations trail education minister’s visit to Buhari in London

Nigerians have taken to various social media platforms to lambast Adamu Adamu, Nigeria’s Minister of Education for visiting President Muhammadu Buhari in London in a bid to resolve the lingering crisis in the All Progressives Congress (APC) while students remain at home, Newswatchplus reports.

Students of Nigerian varsities have been idle for over a month following the industrial trike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which Adamu has not been able to resolve.

On Wednesday, presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, released a photograph of the Education Minister with President Buhari and the embattled chairman of the APC caretaker committee and Yobe State governor, Mai Mala Buni, all smiling.

Newswatchplus gathered from a reliable source that Adamu was in London with Buni to plead with Buhari for the Yobe governor to continue as chairman of the party.

Adesina’s statement on Wednesday, made it clear that Buhari is now in support of Buni as he has directed APC governors to work with him to organise the party’s convention in taking place in less than two weeks from now.

Many would recall that on Monday last week, allegedly on Buhari’s orders, Abubakar Sanni Bello, Niger State governor, stormed the APC national secretariat and pronounced himself as chairman of the party’s caretaker committee, a development that made INEC refuse to recognize his leadership of the party. As a result, the party backtracked. 

Amid the crisis, Adamu, who is known to have the ears of the president as a result of his closeness with Mamman Daura, took Buni to him in London.

Recall Newswatchplus reported that ASUU on Monday, extended its ongoing warning strike by two months after talks with the federal government failed to resolve the problem.

While the Minister of Education may have succeeded in resolving the issues in the APC, many Nigerians were shocked by his decision to abandon the more pressing issue of ASUU strike, which is his primary responsibility, to pursue political matters.

Prof Chidi Odinkalu, a prominent rights activist, in his own intervention noted that it it didn’t make any sense for Adamu to be in London for politics while students were idling at home.

“Nigeria’s students are at home with their parents because the universities are shuttered,” Odinkalu wrote via his Twitter handle. “Meanwhile, in London, the minister of Education, Adamu Adamu goes to school in the @OfficialAPCNg House of failed coup.

Prof Farooq Kperogi, @farooqkperogi, US-based academic, also shared his thoughts on the development. He berated Adamu and Buhari for, according to him, destroying the country and jetting out to London to have a good time.

“They brought Nigeria to its knees & are congregating in the UK to celebrate. Buni has ignited turmoil in APC,” he said. “Buhari has put the economy, petrol supply, & electricity in the toilet. Adamu has ensured that ASUU is on strike. They caused 90% of Nig.’s problems they’ve run away from.”

Another user, JAGABAN, @abbakarrogo_, said “-President Muhammadu Buhari -Minister Of Education Prof. Adamu Adamu -Governor Of Yobe State Maimala Buni.

“All they’re going to tourism London, but ASUU And Students Are In Houses

No Education, No Study, No Lectures.”

On his part, Elder Seun @iamseunalaofin, noted that Adamu should not be a minister of education in today’s Nigeria.

“It’s March 2022 and we should not have someone Like Adamu Adamu as the Minister of Education,” he said.

“NANS executive deserve packs of fearless energy drink for facing the minister and telling him the truth he knows. Nigerians deserve good leadership!!”

Yusuf Mohammed
Yusuf Mohammedhttp://yusufcolumnist@gmail.com
Yusuf Mohammed, an experienced Nigerian journalist, writer and editor, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and International Relations from Al-Hikmah University. He cut his journalism teeth at Business Hallmark newspaper in 2013. From Business Hallmark, he moved to New Telegraph newspaper where he was an editorial staff from 2015 – 2017. In 2017, he joined The Next Edition as a pioneer staff and helped to take it to the summit of online platforms. He had a second spell at Business Hallmark in 2019 before establishing The Columnist Ng, a platform dedicated to publishing articles of renowned Nigerian writers. Mohammed's writings have been published in several Nigerian newspapers and magazines such as Daily Trust, Premium Times, The Cable and Newswatch. His tribute to the late football great, Diego Maradona was published in three magazines, including Air Peace in-flight Magazine in 2020.
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