When Nasir El-rufai was campaigning for governor of Kaduna State, he made a promise which he described then as “the most critical step for leaders.” Speaking as a guest on Freedom Radio, the then candidate promised to ensure that political appointees and top civil servants enrol their children in public schools if elected governor.
“The most critical step is for leaders like us to enrol our children into public schools. If children of elites are in public schools, they will be forced to do all that is necessary to improve them, out of enlightened self-interest,” El-rufai said.
Within the time El-Rufai has served as governor, there have been at least two academic sessions in public schools, but he is yet to keep that promise.
A group, Unified Nigerian Youth Forum (UNYF), called on the governor in a statement this week to fulfil his promise, while commending him for reopening tertiary institutions in Southern Kaduna after their indefinite closure.
President of the group, Abdulsalam Muhammad Kazeem said that such an action if taken, would be a good example by the governor that “would restore the lost hope in public schools.”