Abba Kyari is the Chief of Staff to the Borno governor
A senatorial aspirant in Borno State has called for a restructuring of the education system in Northern Nigeria
Abubakar Kyari, who aspires to represent Borno North senatorial district, stated his on Friday while declaring his ambition.
Mr. Kyari, who is the Chief of Staff to the Borno governor, Kashim shettima, said he would demand a restructuring of the current western education system in place in Borno.
He said the people of Northern Borno lag behind in western education, not because they are unintelligible, but because what exists in the region is the wrong approach to teaching and learning.
According to Mr. Kyari, the hot weather in the North is the reason most of the Quranic School in villages adopt the culture of learning at nights and early in the morning; saying the people of the North cannot be described as illiterates.
“Literacy, simply put, is the ability to read and write. And here in my area we have children and people who can read and write in Arabic scripts. When you ask them to write their names in Arabic, they do it without any difficultly.
“But they cannot read in English neither could they write with it. Do you call such a child an illiterate? Certainly No.
“What we need to do to encourage our children and people in the hot Northern Borno is to reorganise the learning process to see how we could adapt with our peculiar environment and situation,” he said.
Mr. Kyari, a member of the House of Representatives from 1999 to 2003, said his ambition to become a senator was not driven by ego or pecuniary benefits. According to him, he has “the desire to serve my people at a higher level of responsibility”.
The Chief of Staff, one of the founding members of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, before it merged with others to form the All Progressives Congress, APC, told journalists that he is better placed to represent his zone because the incumbent senator, Maina Lawan, was always absent from the state .
“At the risk of being immodest, I am the better favoured candidate to beat in this contest”, he said.
“First and foremost I want to point out that the incumbent that you are talking about has not been seen since the time we voted him in to office in 2011. For two and a half years now, we only saw him come around when his home town, Baga, had an unfortunate incident; and since after that time, he has been absent”.
Mr, Kyari accused the incumbent of ignoring his senatorial zone despite the many mishaps that have occurred in the area. He said he would perform credibly if he became the senator since he is
a content man and not after the salary of senators.
“If it is just about salaries, I won’t be out here asking to represent my people, because I am a contented man as you can see, with all sense of humility,” he said.