Yoruba youth group, Oodua Youth Coalition has condemned the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba for buying the APC presidential form for ₦100 million while the education sector is entrenched with the Union of Academic Staff of Universities (ASUU) and research institutes on strike for the past few months.
In a statement released in Akure on Wednesday, OYC National Chairman Comrade Oluyi Tayo called the junior minister’s action reprehensible and reckless.
“ASUU has been on strike since mid-February and we’ve all been watching hoping they’ll call back the students who have stayed home since.
“It is now saddening that instead of us hearing the news that the ASUU strike was over, what we heard was the young education minister buying a £100million form sterling to run for the Nigerian president.
“One wonders what the minister’s priority is and what legacy he hopes to build on as he let Nigerian students down in extra time.”
“The relentless ASUU strikes have anchored the education sector and further disrupted the hopes and dreams of Nigerian students. A four-year course is now transformed into 6 years for students.
“We have not ceased to wonder what Nwajiuba hopes to achieve by buying this form when he failed miserably in the country as a minister but now deems fit to run for the highest office possible. in the country? Does it contest to put Nigerian students permanently in their homes?, the statement adds.
OYC said Nwajiuba’s nonchalant attitude towards the education sector shows that he is unfit to govern Nigeria.
The group urged Nwajiuba to refocus and focus his energy on getting Nigerian students back on campus and the education system devoid of a disruptive academic calendar before aspiring to lead Nigeria.