PO­LIT­I­CAL COUPS RE­PLAC­ING MIL­I­TARY COUPS IN AFRICA – JONATHAN

Politi­cians Should Stop Killing For Per­sonal Gains

Sunday Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Us­man A. Bello, Benin

For­mer Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan yes­ter­day ac­cused African politi­cians of sys­tem­at­i­cally re­plac­ing mil­i­tary coups with po­lit­i­cal coups.

Speak­ing at Okada, Edo State af­ter be­ing con­ferred with an hon­ourary doc­tor­ate de­gree of Science at the 17th con­vo­ca­tion cer­e­mony of the Ig­bine­dion

Univer­sity, Jonathan said; “Only yes­ter­day in one African coun­try, we were dis­cussing the pol­i­tics of our con­ti­nent. Most of us were for­mer Heads of State, pres­i­dents, for­mer pres­i­dents and vice pres­i­dents. The way African pol­i­tics is go­ing, we are re­plac­ing mil­i­tary coups with civil­ian coups and that can­not sus­tain the con­ti­nent.”

Speak­ing on be­half of other awardees, Jonathan said, “Let me plead with my fel­low politi­cians, they should stop killing the people, de­stroy­ing prop­er­ties be­cause people want to own of­fices.

“What hap­pened in the last gover­nor­ship elec­tions in my state, Bayelsa, and Kogi State, es­pe­cially in Kogi State where a woman was burnt alive in her house, it is some­thing that should not hap­pen in any nor­mal so­ci­ety. Some­thing is fun­da­men­tally wrong with our po­lit­i­cal sys­tem.”

He noted that what makes one in life is not the tem­po­rary po­si­tion he gains through pol­i­tics but his cre­ative abil­ity and God-given tal­ent in any form.

Jonathan de­scribed the vice chan­cel­lor of the univer­sity, Sir Gabriel Ig­bine­dion, as a trail blazer, be­ing the first Nige­rian to es­tab­lish a pri­vate univer­sity and an air­line, say­ing Nige­ria wants him to re­sus­ci­tate the Okada air­line be­cause the avi­a­tion in­dus­try is ex­pand­ing in Nige­ria.

Edo State Gov­er­nor God­win Obaseki while com­mend­ing Ig­bine­dion for es­tab­lish­ing the first pri­vate univer­sity, noted that Edo had be­come the home of hu­man cap­i­tal devel­op­ment.

He said his ad­min­is­tra­tion placed pri­or­ity on ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion, the foun­da­tion of qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, through the EdoBest Pro­gramme which places em­pha­sis on train­ing and re­train­ing of teach­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to him, Edo is mov­ing from school­ing to learn­ing, us­ing tech­no­log­i­cal ap­pli­ca­tion to strengthen the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion.

The Vice Chan­cel­lor, Prof Lawrence Eze­monye, said the in­sti­tu­tion had be­come a sell­ing point for other Nige­rian uni­ver­si­ties glob­ally.

Oth­ers con­ferred with hon­ourary de­grees in­clude Oba Eleguishi, Oba Sa­heed Ade­mola Eleguish (Kusenla III), Mr Sow Bertin Agba, and Nol­ly­wood ac­tress, Omo­tola Ja­lande-Ekeinde.

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