by Chi Ibe
“The long legs have been cut short”- this was basically President Goodluck Jonathan’s message yesterday, 23 May, when he ordered that unqualified students of the University of Abuja be expelled.
President Jonathan pointed out that those students who were “smuggled” into the university by politicians who peddle their influence in getting their admission, often became cultists and engaged in other anti-social activities as they are unable to meet academic standards and pressures of being in the university. He blamed that category of students for the unrests on campuses.
Speaking at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, while swearing in a Minister, Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir from Sokoto State, President Jonathan said he already held a meeting with requisite stakeholders in the education sector and asked them to return such “political students” to those who smuggled them into the university in the first place.
“Only yesterday (Tuesday), we had a meeting with Minister of Education. We were looking into the situation at the University of Abuja because of their crisis,” he said.
Minister for Education, Professor Ruqqayatu el-Rufai pointed out that this was a rare moment of admission of the compromises the political class brings on the society. It is not only in the education sector.
Politicians of various standing and status, flaunting the powers and influence they wield on the system, often cause and even demand the compromise of the system for their own interest.
The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission revealed that one thing about UNIABUJA’s case is that there are students there who do not even have the basic qualification to be admitted but they are there as undergraduates.
“And I said that those must be political students. They must be students that we politicians pushed in and I told the Minister that they must set up a committee to send the political students back to us.”
The University authority has thus been ordered to carry out a thorough audit of the qualification of students and consequently expel all unqualified ones.
Source: ThisDay news.