President Muhammadu Buhari

Former aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for suspending the resumption of schools in the country and withdrawing students from all federal government colleges from writing the 2020 West African Examination Senior School Examination (WASSCE), reports Grassroot Reporters.

The federal government had reversed its earlier announcement of schools’ resumption, saying Nigeria will not participate in the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) earlier scheduled for August 5 and September 5.

Speaking to state house correspondents at the end of the virtual federal executive council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, Adamu Adamu, minister of education, said Nigerian schools will not reopen any time soon until it is safe to do so because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The minister also said that final-year students preparing for the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) will not be allowed to return to school contrary to its earlier announcement.
But Mr. Omokri questioned why elections will hold in Ondo and Edo States while the examination will not hold.

He accused the president of punishing the students because he does not have WAEC certificate.

He wrote on Twitter:
“How can General @MBuhari say WAEC exams won’t hold this year, yet Edo and Ondo elections will hold? Which is riskier? Exam or elections?
@OfficialAPCNg held a mass rally. Yet, they close schools. No wonder Nigeria is the world headquarters for extreme poverty?.

“General @MBuhari wants elections to hold, but doesn’t want WAEC to hold. He can borrow $500 million to upgrade NTA so he can spread propaganda, yet is unwilling to spend that same amount on education so we can spread proper agenda! What a wicked government!.

“Because General @MBuhari does not have a WAEC Certificate, he wants to punish the whole country by depriving Nigerian youths of having their own WAEC certificates. He wants to spread illiteracy, so we can all be almajiri. Never! The cancellation of WAEC is evil!”.

Continuing, the motivational speaker and author added that:
“Every Friday, millions of Nigerians sagely attend Jumat prayers. Each Sunday, millions more practice social distancing in churches. If we can go on with religion, why can’t we go on with education? Cancelling WAEC makes no sense! We don’t want to be like Buhari!

“1.5 million Nigerians write WAEC yearly. If General
@MBuhari stops them from writing it in Nigeria, they‘ll abandon social distancing and go to neighboring nations to write WAEC rather than lose a year. We WILL end up with more COVID19 than we are trying to stop.

“Nigerian youths dont want to be like General
@MBuhari. They want certificates, not NEPA bill or affidavit! Religion, election, even corruption is going on. Why should education stop? Nigerians reject Buhari’s plan to turn us to sai Baba almajiri. WAEC must hold!”.

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