Popular Nigerian comedian Ali Baba has a few hours ago, taken to his social media page to allege that Governor Nasir El-Rufai almost lost his re-election because he fought against the poor standard of Education in Kaduna State, saying that the problem of Nigeria are civil servants.
Ali Baba said these set of workers have refused to fight what is wrong to better the lot of Nigeria and Nigerians, as they prefer to maintain the status-quo, even it means to lower the standard even more they will, as it favours them more than the common man. They are ready to frustrate any move that threatens that status-quo. he said.
Ali Baba also made mention of former Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole who also was dragged for trying to fix the standard of Education in his State, by sacking unqualified teachers and same civil servants came for him with other Nigerians backing them. He said:
“El Rufai nearly lost his popularity and election, for fighting against the standard of education in his state. Not poor education. Lack of education. Remember when Oshiomole went after unqualified teachers in Edo STATE? You see, a lot of the problems we have in the administration of policies, start from the civil servants and those who turn the wheels of governance.
Once they see their source of livelihood being threatened, they will protest. I don’t know of any simple way to look like you care for the masses than to permit mediocrity and lower standards. Once you just stand up for the masses, even when they are wrong, you become a hero.
I remember when universities said they wanted to organise post UME tests. Many parents protested. Can you imagine?That there were parents who were celebrating JAMB cut of Mark being lowered to 100 over 400? Just imagine that. And some people were arguing that, we should consider the parents who have to pay another fee for a resit for the same exam. In their resonating, it’s better to lower it, so that many candidates can get into universities. When overseas, standards are being raised. 234, was my cut off Mark in 1985… I couldn’t enter Ekpoma to read law.
The Law faculty was the best at the time, and they insisted on the 250k cut off. Do you know what happened, BENSU, Ekpoman became the best law faculty in Nigeria. And that was a new problem. All the big and well connected men wanted to send their children to the school.
So quota system and man know man, now got some people of low merit into Ekpoma. I later met some northerners who got in, with 200 or less. And me and my 234, went on to read Religious Studies and Philosophy. We are our own problem”.