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Public University Students can’t Speak English like the Head Boy of my Secondary School – Atiku Abubakar



Atiku Abubakar

Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has compared students of Nigerian public universities and students of the secondary school he founded in Yola –American University of Nigeria Academy.

According to The Guardian, he made this known while delivering an address during his birthday celebration organised by the management of the university.

Atiku said that no student from any public university in Nigeria can speak English in an error-free manner like the head boy of his secondary school.

The former vice president said:

I was at (Nnamdi Azikiwe University) in Awka in Anambra State on Wednesday on the invitation of the university. There is no student in public universities that can speak English in an error-free manner like the head boy of my secondary school, who just finished addressing us now.

When the head boy of AUN Academy, Abdullahi Sani, started speaking, I was thinking it is one of the lecturers in AUN, but only for him to introduce himself as the head boy of AUN Academy.

He went ahead to say that only quality education (which produces quality manpower) can bring about development in any country in the world, not oil, gold or other mineral resources.

Atiku has also gone on Twitter to say that he was misquoted, adding that ‘Nigerian education  gave him everything’.

He tweeted the following in response to a tweet that he passed vote of no confidence on the Nigerian public universities.

Atiku tweets on Nigerian Education Atiku tweets on Nigerian Education2


Atiku’s media team has also said that the statement credited to the businessman was untrue.



  1. Humility

    November 19, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    *spreads mat. Let the elites debate begin?

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 19, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      What is there to debate?

    • wale

      November 19, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      Is lik this idiot need public university student to protest his ass to jail

  2. naya

    November 19, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Mtschew, after stealing the money meant for public universities to build expensive ones that people cant attend, u dey dere dey talk rubbish…. see him looking like bread dat dey soaked in water
    ATIKU, u are trying too hard to be in d news, u still wont be president, go nd sleep abeg

    • anonymous

      November 19, 2016 at 8:53 pm


    • mujer

      November 19, 2016 at 11:08 pm

      Thanks Dear. I already spewed my venom on his face on Linda’s page. If he is saying this about Nnamdi Azikiwe uni, I hope the VC knows who not to invite next time. You dont invite people who will end up slandering you. You want guests who will help you and elevate you and help your school achieve its goals. Instead he is comparing two products of stolen commonwealth as if both are completely uncorrelated. They are 99.99% correlated, i.e., performance at your so-called secondary school and your perceptions of performance at Zik. But lemme find trouble Oga alhaji. If you feel this way about unizik, how far with all those Mai gworo schools in the north (taking off). I wont dedicate any more high value time to this limited intellect “twutterance.”

  3. Not Bitter Kola

    November 19, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    You had a huge fat chance to make an impact in the education system, what did you do?

    • Kinang kipinpin

      November 19, 2016 at 4:25 pm

      He stole us dry to open his own business.Shameless man.

  4. Cocolette

    November 19, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Human beings don’t have conscience sha, so after diverting funds that should have been used to revamp the public educational system, you still come out and say something like this? Okay.

    • mujer

      November 19, 2016 at 11:09 pm

      That tells you that even he lacks critical thinking skills. That is the #1 thing higher education should give you. Does he even have an “earned” higher degree?

  5. nawa

    November 19, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Clap for yourself that’s all I have to say

  6. Darius

    November 19, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    “Public University Students Can’t Speak English Like The Headboy of my Secondary School” What a sweeping generalization! Some public university students, you mean. Public University students who are deficient in English are a product of the failures of politicians like you. This man is nothing but a big fool. You had the opportunity to effect changes in the educational sector. What positive impact did you make?

  7. Marlvina

    November 19, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Why’s this guy even in the news pls? Is he strategically finding his way to the spotlight to begin his campaign? Attention seeker! See his two left legs. We have highly placed intellectuals today who were products of these public universities. The list is endless. .

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 19, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      Like Goodluck Jonathan.

    • Marlvina

      November 19, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      No! Like Chimamanda Adichie.

    • Mohammad

      November 20, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      Chimamanda- even though she started her uni studies at UNN, went on, changed majors and completed them in the States.
      I find it sad to say, but I’m not sure Nigeria in its current state is able to produce its own fiercely, fearless intellectuals without external input.

  8. ann

    November 19, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    bonafide igit!

  9. EE

    November 19, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    LMFAO, somebody reminded him Public University graduates vote, why his media team started scrambling.

  10. End of discussion

    November 19, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    With all due respect sir, you are wrong.

  11. Flexe

    November 19, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    And you’re opening your mouth to speak such rubbish. Is it not your legacy? Didn’t you have a hand in the affairs of this country! Your secondary school head-boy can speak English more than public university students, shior! This right here is an example of looting national money for your own selfish interest, leaving the nation deficient….PARASITE!!!

  12. Sultana

    November 19, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    As vice president for 8years, you contributed to the failure of public schools and you have the guts to complain?? Huge fail! You can NEVER win elections in this country! Go and sit down somewhere!

    • Mo

      November 20, 2016 at 1:53 am

      What makes me really sad is that he can actually still win a presidential election in this country.

  13. Kinang kipinpin

    November 19, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    What do you expect?you stole the money meant for education to open your school and have the guts to insult us.You are NEVER going to be our president!

  14. Ajoke

    November 19, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Of course we can’t speak English like the head boy in your school when you have taken English language from us through stealing. You have used your mouth to judge your self. Barawo, ole. Wicked man.

  15. yemite

    November 19, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Take it easy commentator’s!!! That’s not what he mean.

  16. Movici

    November 19, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Is spoken English now a measure of intelligence Mr Atiku ( I too talk) Abubakar ????????

  17. Eegor

    November 19, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    how do you sleep comfortably at night knowing that you and your cohorts contributed to the destruction of public schools?? I really admire the determination and struggle of many Nigerian youths. Despite the terrible condition of our public schools many of us still thrive exceptionally both locally and internationally. I graduated from the university of Ibadan ,a lot of geniuses in that instituition yet no access to appropriate facilities for them to explore in their various fields not to talk of UNN,OAU etc. I won’t say we didn’t have some but the ratio of these equipments to the students is very very low. Our professors and Doctors brilliant!! but they are not being encouraged because of the dilapidating condition of the sector.

  18. Eegor

    November 19, 2016 at 7:10 pm


  19. funmilola

    November 19, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    someone should please tell me that he attended private schools from nursery to university… these people looted money meant and are still looting sef and they are mocking us. shame on you atiku!

  20. Eegor

    November 19, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    unlike you some of us are trying to make sure our children dont grow up and meet the mess you left behind .

  21. Spunky

    November 19, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Your head boy speak english pass us bah? When the time comes(you are obviously gearing up) better speak in the language we shall understand cos you ain’t going no where uncle.

  22. Bella

    November 19, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Epic fail. You still can NEVER be the president of this country.

  23. Las

    November 19, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Can Atiku speak English like the Head Boy of his secondary school?

  24. Ides of March

    November 20, 2016 at 3:46 am

    Wait? Isn’t AUN a university? They have head boys there?

  25. Guest

    November 20, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Hmmmm. Nigerians and mouth. I hope when election comes in 2019 we all would vote wisely. On the other hand, his statement calls for some sober reflection. While we know that there is need for some framework by the government for our universities, however, how are Nigerian students pushing themselves to be better equipped for the demands in the 21st century? Is the minister of budget and economic planning who could not articulate how much our debt is not a product of the system? Is Emefiele, the CBN governor who continuously displays variegated cases of myopic thinking and ignominy not a product of the system? The honourable who said Nigeria’s economy is moving “like this and like this…”, is he not a product of the same system? The majority of Nigerians who voted Buhari into power (Lord God in Heaven, have mercy!), are they not products of the same system? In fact, myself, who took time to read what Atiku said and is writing this only God knows what, am I not a confirmed product of the same public school system? Fashola who says electricity supply would improve with installation of pre-paid meters (as if there is tiger battery to generate electricity), is he not a product of the same system? Kemi our minister of finance, who was with the president in Washington to sign climate change treaty and yet complained about the western world mitigating against our planned use of coal for electricity (what an irony), at least she is to some extent a product of the same public system? Ha, our sports minister (Jesu egbami), ahhh.. how did we get here? Is he not a product of the same system? Atiku knows what he is saying. The statement runs deeper than is implied. He is saying Nigerians have short term memory. His head boy can speak, because he remembers. What do we have upstairs to confront Atiku about? Wo, I have tire jare!

  26. Stephanie

    November 21, 2016 at 4:14 am

    being fluent in english language is not a measure of one’s abilities or intelligence.

  27. Mo'Diva

    November 21, 2016 at 11:29 am


  28. CHIOMA

    November 21, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    When you were VP, WHAT DID YOU DO ABOUT IT?

  29. Harrison Harry Jos

    November 21, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Yes , I agreed. if i may ask, which of the public university did u attend?
    Posterity is awaits all wicked people and thier decendants, unless God doesn’t exist. Of course we can’t speak English like the head boy in your school when you have taken English language from us through stealing. You have used your mouth to judge your self. Barawo, ole. Wicked man.

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