The Buhari Media Organization (BMO) has said that Aisha Buhari deserves some commendations in her bid to set up a university that would cater to thw education of women and young girls, especially in the educationally disadvantaged North Eastern region of the country.
BMO stated that the negative comments on the idea of the proposed university could only have resulted from poor perception and misunderstanding of the objective behind the planned private institution.
The group in a statement signed by its chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and secretary, Cassidy Madueke, said derisive comments against the initiative were from persons and groups who did not understand the motive, the concept of the university and the personality of the wife of the President.
“The Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari chose to set up a university which she has said would be named after her husband, Muhammadu Buhari. Some have mistaken the charitable venture to be as previous non-charitable endeavours by a former President and his deputy.
“It is important to note that Aisha Buhari is embarking on this as a private citizen as she has no official capacity constitutionally recognized. She is using the goodwill of her position to pool resources to invest in education that would be affordable to Nigerians. Aisha would not be exploiting state resources to set up this university; she has no such funds as well to set it up. It would be funded, according to her, by donations.
“The wife of the President is motivated to set this up by her innate charitable nature and selflessness. She is well known to be a philanthropist. Her pet project, the Future Assured, has touched the lives of thousands of Nigerians across the country,” BMO stated.
The group also noted that Aisha Buhari had always been an independent-minded woman, with a strong will and passion for what she believed in, and if she believed that an intervention in education was necessary, and was willing to pool resources to improve the lives of poor Nigerians, she should be encouraged.
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