2019: Enugu Public Schools Shut Down For Atiku Campaigns
First it was Enyimba FC stadium in Abia State, that was used by president Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign. The development met strong criticism from football lovers across the country.
On Friday in Enugu, public primary and secondary schools were shut when the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar stormed the state for the February 16 presidential election campaign.
Students of the various public secondary schools were seen going home as early as 10 a.m. as a result of the campaign visit by Atiku’s train.
One of the students, who wanted anonymity told NAN that his teacher told him and others in the class to go home because of Atiku’s visit.
It was the same situation in other public schools visited by NAN education correspondent in Enugu town.
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The students, however, said they were not mandated to attend the campaign rally holding at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium.
Meanwhile, some parents in the state have faulted the decision to send students home because of a political campaign rally.
Mr Francis Ogbu, said it was wrong to have suspended academic activities due to an individual’s political aspiration. He said that under-age students needed not to be dragged into politics.
Mrs Uzoamaka Onukwuburi also in her comments, wondered what might have informed the closure of public schools before the usual time.
Onukwuburi said that she could not understand why politics had degenerated to the level of suspending academic activities due to a campaign rally.
The Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uche Eze, could not be contacted on phone for comments.
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