The Director, Universal Basic Education, UBEC, Alhaji Usman Yahaya has said the learned ones in Nigeria did not partake in the recently wrapped up Presidential and local government general elections and only illiterate and semi-illiterates exercised their franchise.
He said, “If the learned don’t participate in the electoral process, idiots and touts will take over the process.”
“It was sad that from the presidency to the local government, the majority of those that participated were illiterates and semi-illiterates.”
“The elites should participate in the system and should not sit down to dream dreams,”
“Since the civil war, we have not had it as bad as we have today. The government allows the herdsmen to use a gun to safeguard castles, they are now using the guns to kidnap Nigerians.
“This is the time to mobilize Nigerians for nation-building. The country needs the Seadogs with their educated members to champion nation building. For you to build a nation, you must be courageous.”
One Mr. Frank Okafor, who is in charge of the northern zone also said, “We already have the building blocks, what is currently missing is the nation builders. We really need to galvanize like minds to come together to become nation builders because without a proper nation building, having this common sense of oneness making progress will become very difficult.”
“What we are trying to move is that when you fill forms to go into school or to take a position, your state of origin should not be important, it is where you live and pay your taxes.”
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