El-Rufai free education campaign ‘laughable’ – Gov. Yero

Governor Ramalan Yero of Kaduna State has dismissed as “laughable” a claim by his main challenger in next month’s election, Nasir El-Rufai, that Kaduna children will be offered free education if Mr. El Rufai wins.

Speaking through his spokesperson, Ahmed Maiyaki, the governor said the APC gubernatorial candidate’s free education campaign was deceitful.

Mr. Maiyaki, who made this known during the first quarter press briefing on Monday in Kaduna, said Mr. El-Rufai’s promise on education cannot be realistic because the APC candidate does not believe in Nigeria’s educational system since all his children are studying abroad.

“It is laughable for somebody who was a student of LEA in Kawo; he left the school; LEA Kawo was one of the schools renovated by this administration.

“He went there to campaign; and carried out his rally in the same school that he neglected when he had the opportunity as a former Minister. Now because he is a candidate, he is talking about free education if given the mandate which is already a policy in this administration,” the governor’s spokesperson said.

“It is so laughable for somebody whose children already school in United Kingdom (UK) because you don’t believe in the system here. Because you had the opportunity of taking your children there.

“And you are coming to tell the people of Kaduna that you will take your children to public schools. This is laughable, insulting for somebody to imagine that he will provide free education or his children will come back to public schools when he does not even have children that will attend school right now.

The governor also said that Mr. El-Rufai’s claim of developing the state cannot stand as he does not know the state.
“His family lives in Abuja. And you are talking of transforming Kaduna. The Kaduna that you don’t know. So this are very critical issues that we need to ask questions and don’t overlook,” Mr. Maiyaki said.

“The people of Kaduna have grown beyond rhetoric and deception. For anybody who wants to govern people, let’s talk about issues that are already being addressed.

“I remember when Governor Yero made a promise to support the policy for every child of public officer, either political or civil to go back to public schools. After reading on papers he still came to meet our people who are gullible to tell them he will take his children back to the public schools.

Mr. Maiyaki also spoke on why Governor Yero plans to convert College of Education, Gidan Waya, in southern Kaduna to a university. He denied the move was political-motivated.

“The reason is simply to accommodate admission seekers in the state. In Kaduna state we have 50,000 admission seekers and Kaduna State University can admit only 5,000 to 6,000 students because there are no spaces. And that gives a justification for the establishment of the university. All arrangement to convert the university is in top gear,” Mr. Maiyaki said.


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  • lawal balarabe

    You are the governor why are your children in essence international school kaduna why not in a public school

  • The. Patriot

    Governor do nothing.

  • Khadijah D.

    Kaduna is one of the worst places to visit in the Northwest, courtesy Gov. Yero! The man has not commisioned any new tangible project since assuming office. The only thing he is good at is hanging his powdered face posters and billboards all over town!
    Even common street lights that are all over many States are not functioning in Kaduna. The most pathetic scenario is IT IS ONLY IN KADUNA STATE THAT OLD EXPIRED STREETLIGHTS ARE RE-PAINTED!!!

    • Usman

      Quite unfortunate, these guys are useless

  • Usman

    Maiyaki is an embarrassment to his generation, he is simply clueless and argues naively, you don’t discredit promises by competent people, instead advice your boss to kindly tell us what he has done, the LEA he attended is like a garbage collection center, he can’t even fix the less than 2 kilometer road that leads to his family house, let Kaduna pays its students scholarships, pay for those it has been propagating to have sponsored for overseas programs because no one has left yet, it is unfortunate for Kaduna to have such mediocrity.

  • Charles Owolabi

    El Rufias plan to provide free education for the children of Kaduna state is wonderful idea that would work if carefully managed.
    This same program was undertaken by the great Obafemi Awolowo in the South West over 50 years ago with a much smaller resource base.
    El Rufia who is considered by many as brilliant man has the capacity to deliver results to the people of Kaduna state.
    That is if he chooses
    However his brand has come under severe attack recently. His image has been battered in the public space and his reputation is on the decline. This is because El Rufia has continued to associate himself with corrupt individuals.
    He also has a corruption case in court and this has not helped matters
    The constant publication in the papers of past misdeeds by el Rufia has become a drain on this intellectual giant who was once seen as a potential President of Nigeria.
    His association with corrupt people in the APC has had a negative impact on El Rufia. People like Amechi Tinubu Atiku
    To name a few. These men represent what the fight against corruption is in Nigeria is all about.
    It has not also helped El Rufia that he has continued to associate himself with the likes of Oby ezekwesili , a woman now considered as a consummate opportunist .
    To futher strengthen his brand el Rufia must return back to first principles
    He must go through his corruption cases and ensure that they are disposed off immediately
    He must also quickly develop a strategy to dissociate himself from these corruption individuals
    El Rufia must also find a way of ensuring that he shakes off the likes of oby who has had a net negative impact on him.
    He must find a way of going back to his real friends who have had a positive impact on his life- people like Ngozi Okonjo Iweala
    He would need her later on when he makes a push for the presidency.
    It is only after he has recalibrateed that people would begin to take him seriously again.
    Buharis loss in this election may be el Rufias gain tomorrow.
    He must start now to retrace his steps.