Saturday, May 19, 2018
Bonn, Germany

Continued from Part 2

HEADLINE: The IGP can’t read?

It amazes me when education, religion and family values fail to create a human being (Anum Sattar)

The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one who doesn't know how to read (Benjamin Franklin)

An educated illiterate person is more harmful to the society than an uneducated illiterate person (Nardia)

Incompetency begets incompetency. The last thing a guy who isn’t sure of himself wants is a guy backing him up who is sure of himself (Lee Iacocca, former President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board, Chrysler Corporation)

uhari, an illiterate, incompetent and lazy president appointed many incompetent people into authority positions. We did not know it was so bad until they started exposing themselves. In Buhari’s Nigeria, mediocrity has become the accepted norm, and that’s troubling. Buhari’s Inspector General of Police (Mr. Transmission), Ibrahim Idris, could not read a prepared speech. Also, his EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Mustapha Magu, thinks that institution is only a building.

Tell me why the Inspector General of Police, who graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria with a Bachelors degree in Agriculture, and holds a degree in Law from the University of Maiduguri, was unable to read a speech prepared for him? Tell me why the EFCC Chairman (also a policeman with the rank of Commissioner of Police), who attended University of Maiduguri where he obtained a degree in Accountancy – a certified accountant and a trained financial crimes investigator – does not know what an institution is, even when he is heading one created to fight financial and economic crimes?

Let me lecture Ibrahim Magu that Institution can be an establishment, foundation, or organization created to pursue a particular type of endeavor, such as banking by a financial institution. An institution can also be a consistent and organized pattern of behavior or activities (established by law or custom) that is self-regulating in accordance with generally accepted norms. For example, political institutions are involved with (and regulate) competition for power; and economic institutions (such as markets) encourage and regulate production and distribution of goods and services. Magu should also know that Marriage Institution is the first as it was ordained in the Garden of Eden.

The IGP and the EFCC Chairman, both policemen, have reinforced the belief that the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) is for the “no-do-wells” in our society, and is a place for drop-outs. They have now confirmed the notion that no matter how educated one was before joining the force, he will end up bringing disgrace upon himself. These two men have shown what is wrong with the outdated quota system in Nigeria, as they have proved unqualified for the respective positions they are occupying. Better qualified Nigeria youths are not being given the opportunity to lead. As Adeyinka noted, Whilst (Nigerian) graduates with B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. all over North America and Europe are working as security guards and cleaners, here is Nigeria's Inspector General of Police, a Fulani, unable to write or read what is written on a paper.

Ibrahim Idris (Mr. Transmission) was the Kano State Police Commissioner in 2015, and I wrote, previously, that the 2015 presidential election was won and lost in Kano State, and Ibrahim Idris was the man who made everything possible there. We all saw children voting in that state then, and some of us who religiously followed that election because of what was at stake, still remember that the presidential and senatorial elections were held the same day - people voted simultaneously for the two elections. In Kano State, to know the extent of the rigging there, we were told that a total of about 800, 000 votes were cast for the senatorial election while Buhari got about 1.8 million votes (where and how did they get 1 million extra votes?).

The INEC commissioner for Kano State, who resisted the manipulation, and his whole family, were killed when a mysterious fire gutted his house while they were asleep so that nobody will reveal the rigging. Till today, those deaths have not been explained (they were burnt offerings for Buhari to become the president). That was what Ibrahim Idris supervised, and that was what made him the IGP today. When Buhari became the president, he rewarded Ibrahim Idris, for rigging the election in his favor, by promoting him, two steps, ahead of his seniors (21 of them), to make him the IGP.

Ibrahim Magu is unqualified as EFCC Chairman and has not been confirmed by the Senate till today. He was nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari twice, and in both times, the Senate rejected his nomination as the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, after the State Security Service, SSS, reaffirmed its position that the nominee lacks the integrity to lead the country’s anti-corruption agency. According to PT, the SSS Report stated that Magu has failed the integrity test and will eventually constitute a liability to the anti-corruption stand of the current government. Magu then took his case to court; but still, an Abuja Division of the Federal High Court affirmed the decision of the Senate to reject Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The illiterate and lazy president cannot give what he does not have. In his watch, the rot in the education sector has deepened. WAEC performance has dropped 65% - the worst level so far. Buhari has allowed the quality of education to hit an all-time low. He appointed an ex-journalist as the minister of education, and made an ex-vice chancellor the minister of state for education, instead of the other way round.

Since becoming the president, Buhari has been allocating to the education sector lower than 26 percent of national budget ‘recommended’ by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO. The global organization recommended the budgetary benchmark to enable nations adequately cater for rising education demands. But in 2016, Buhari allocated about 8 percent of the budget to education; in the 2017 budget proposals, he allocated about 6 percent of the N7.30 trillion budget to education; and he allocated only 7.04% of the 8.6 trillion 2018 budget to education.

As the Daily Trust noted, the poor budgetary allocation means that the current challenges of education such as inadequately qualified teachers, inadequate infrastructure and learning materials and poor learning outcomes among pupils etc in the education sector will not be tackled. The country can only harness its numerous potentials by voting enough funds to amend its dilapidating educational structure as well as improving capacities of its teachers and researchers. Only through the provision of quality education can the teeming population of the country drive itself out of poverty, and match towards economic empowerment, growth, and development.

The illiterate president has been churning out illiterate and unemployable graduates. Buhari has been unable to reform the education sector for it to meet the challenges and demands of this Digital Age. The graduates are not being prepared for the life thereafter. A point Oladapo Walker, a professor of pharmacology and therapeutics at Babcock University, llishan- Remo, Ogun State, made when he advised the newest universities to start by cutting a new path of development for themselves, while accusing the older universities in the country for not preparing their graduates "for what they will meet in the real world". Hear him:

"Our older universities give good degrees but fail to prepare most of their graduates for the future. Many of them are thrown into the job market and have to learn from the scratch how to interact and succeed in what they are doing. Many of them do not understand society. Many of them are just mere copycats of their colleagues and other people who influence them. Our newest universities must strive to change this undesirable side of our education. In addition to certificates, our universities must strive to give survival skills to our young people. Thus, our first degrees are important platforms for performance in the real world.

Also, the Vice Chancellor of the University of America, California, Prof. Gamalier O. Prince, has said that the change mantra of the Federal Government must fix the educational system if there must be a positive improvement in the country. Prince, who stated that the nation's academic system expired long ago, said that the leadership of Nigeria had continued to fail because the educational system failed to impact the right qualities and had not shown signs of recovery. Hear him when he spoke at a campus of the University of America in Enugu (Peaceland College of Education, Enugu):

"People in Nigeria are getting an expired education. That is why you see people who studied engineering and are not able to do engineering feat. You see people who studied computer science and are not able to understand anything or diagnose computer language and what have you. This is because Nigeria's educational system is a dilapidated one. The problem of Nigeria began from the citadel of learning and if you want to fix Nigeria, you must fix the educational system. This is because every Nigerian in leadership went through our academic institutions – politicians, scientists, and leaders. They were not able to acquire training that could be used to advance the course of the country. If our leaders have failed, it is because our educational system has also failed. So, if you want to change Nigeria, change the educational system. So, the mantra of change must begin with the academic institutions and students."

Just a few days ago, the Guardian Editorial noted that Buhari of today is not quite different from Buhari, the then head of state, in the 1980s, as there is no evidence of a grand educational vision to encompass overhauling in which acquisition of skills for the 21st century needs will be a priority. Without the proper and functional education that guarantees self-employment, employment queues will continue to lengthen, the nation cannot develop and the battle against corruption would be a nine-headed snake. For people without honour and strength of character, without functional education battle against corruption will be difficult to win. Corruption is not only at the top of the societal ladder, it is at every level. Don’t forget, as Tai Solarin was never tired of drumming into our ears, the educated citizenry is easier to govern but difficult to ride. It is thus understandable that the gathering Buhari has not successfully been able to carry along is the community of the well educated, the thinkers and the refined.

The lazy and lying president who claimed to have improved the nation’s security has watched as Fulani herdsmen are killing fellow Nigerians – the herdsmen have killed over 4, 967 Nigerians so far, and still, none of those killers have been arrested. Rather, the lazy president goes from claiming that the killers were foreigners who were trained by Muammar Gaddafi of Libya, who died seven years ago, and now, he claims that he does not know who the killers are. Boko Haram has also killed so many Nigerians (at least more than 20, 000), but none of those terrorists have been arrested, rather, they are being generously compensated. In fact, this president worked, hand in hand, with the terrorists in kidnapping some Nigerian schoolgirls in order to use them in burnishing his sagging re-election chances. Boko Haram has kidnapped thousands, the sect has killed more than 1, 700 soldiers, and this government has paid more than $29 million to the sect from 2016 till now.

To sum it up here, and in Musa’s words: The economy remains comatose, and in some sectors, particularly in industry and commerce, it is even getting worse! Monetary and fiscal management has continued to lack coherence and consistency, or even predictability and strategic planning. Unemployment, particularly among the youths, who constitute the bulk of our population, has assumed critical proportions and is now, for all practical purposes, a national emergency. Yet, this APC administration, which rode to power on the back of false promises to this generation of hapless young men and women, seems to have no answers to this ticking time bomb beyond slogans such as N-Power.

In the name of an anti-corruption campaign, the government has been consistently assaulting due process and the Rule of Law. Court orders are flagrantly disobeyed by the very institutions that should enforce them. Basic democratic rights are being cynically abused. While talking glibly about fighting corruption, the government shamelessly looks askance where corruption is exposed within its own very ranks, closets, and cocoons. APC, both at the center and the states it controls, has proved that it has little or nothing else to provide Nigerians other than further mass impoverishment, frustration, and hardship".

To be continued!






Continued from Part 2