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Sowore Lambasts Buhari Government For Hailing Afe Babalola University As Nigeria’s Best While Public Varsities Remain Shut For Four Months

The Times Higher Education World Rankings had adjudged ABUAD the best varsity in Nigeria and 400th best in the world.

The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore, has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari for hailing the ranking of the Afe Babalola University (ABUAD), Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, as the best in Nigeria.
The Times Higher Education World Rankings had adjudged ABUAD the best varsity in Nigeria and 400th best in the world.


Buhari had in a statement by Femi Adesina on Monday lauded the university’s guiding principles of discipline, industry, determination, service, integrity, sound education and quality leadership.
The president had also said the Times Higher Education World Rankings further validated the resourcefulness of hardworking academics, particularly in research, and the diligence of students, who continuously stretched their bodies and minds to make history.
Responding to the remark, Sowore said it was unfortunate that the Buhari government would be commending the heroics of a private university when the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) was still on strike and public universities shut since February.

The AAC candidate also tackled the president over his inability to revamp the Nigerian university sector to attain any global standard since he came to power.
Sowore said, "This is one of the most gut-wrenching statements you could read from the President of any country. Here @mbuhari is praising a private university owned by an individual while Nigerian universities are on strike and none had attained any global standards since his coming to power.”
ASUU has been on strike for over four months to press home its demands.
The striking lecturers’ demands include funding for the revitalisation of public universities, Earned Academic Allowances, use of the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) and promotion arrears.
Also, the non-teaching staff of universities including Non-Academic Staff of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, SSANU, and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) have embarked on industrial actions after the failure of the government to meet