Muhammadu Sanusi II, the Emir of Kano, on Saturday, while speaking at the 6th convocation of the Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja, said that Nigerians must ensure that only educated persons are elected into public offices.
According to Sanusi who was conferred with an Honorary Doctor of Science, Nigerians had made mistakes in the past by electing leaders without education, who subsequently could not give quality education when they got into the government.
“We have to take an interest in the quality of our leaders and representatives in the level of education. If you look around this country at many levels of leadership, we have elected and we have chosen to elect people who do not have education. And because they are not educated, they cannot give education,” he said.
He further urged Nigerians to ensure that elected leaders are educated and knows the value of education.
“We need to lay more emphasis on the quality of people we elect to executive and legislative offices and we need to make sure that those to whom we entrust policy are themselves educated and know the value of education.
“Let us invest more in education and let us give up some of the privileges that we have such as the trillions we are spending subsiding petroleum products. That money should go into educating our young people.