Stop Electing Uneducated Leaders – Sanusi Warns Nigerians

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has begged Nigerians to refrain from electing politicians without education into public offices. The monarch gave the advice yesterday when he spoke at the 6th convocation ceremony of Nile University of Nigeria in Abuja.The former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor said people without education fail to provide education after assuming office. “We have to take an interest in the quality of our leaders and representatives in the level of education. If you look around this country at many levels of leadership, we have elected and we have chosen to elect people who do not have an education. And because they are not educated, they cannot give an education,” he said. “We need to lay more emphasis on the quality of people we elect to executive and legislative offices and we need to make sure that those to whom we entrust policy are themselves educated and know the value of education.” Sanusi advised the federal government to prioritise education by using the trillions of naira it was spending on subsidising petroleum products in educating the young ones in the country.“Let us invest more in education and let us give up some of the privileges that we have such as the trillions we are spending subsiding petroleum products. That money should go into educating our young people,” the emir said. “We are spending too much monies on roads and bridges and trains and too little money educating our children. Let us educate these young people and they will build the roads, train and bridges. We do not need to invite the Chinese to do that for us. And until the leadership at all levels in this country and the followership understand that this is what is most important, because I do understand sometimes that if a governor does not build roads or bridges, he is seen as not have been performed by the people. We build all these highways and there are more pedestrians on the highways than cars and those pedestrians are most often people without education and help. Development is first and foremost about people.” He also blamed northern leaders for failing to provide the enabling environment for children in north to attend schools. The emir at the occasion was conferred with an honorary degree of science along-side the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III.Photo Credit: Getty

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