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Falana Blasts Obasanjo, Others For Owning Private Universities

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has criticised Obasanjo, Babangida and Atiku of Nigeria who own private universities.

Nigerian Ex-President, Olusegun Obasanjo owns Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun state, while former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar is the founder of the American University of Nigeria in Yola, Adamawa state.

The human rights lawyer said while speaking at the launch of Sahara Reporters’ Civic Media Lab: “These guys who have restructured the economy of Nigeria. Or you are not aware that these guys restructured the economy of Nigeria to the extent that Nigeria is the only country today where former heads of states openly own universities.

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“Have you ever heard of that anywhere in the world that the likes of Obasanjo, Atiku, Babangida and others, own universities, and of course, the man who is now pushing for restructuring, Atiku, has a university as well.”

“None of these guys worked outside the government. One was a customs officer, the others were soldiers; their pension cannot establish a primary school, not to talk of a university. For young people, I think there is enough provocation on the part of the ruling class,” he added.


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