Olusegun Obasanjo, a former president, has acknowledged that his administration made significant investments in the educational sector, enabling professors and teachers to purchase homes and automobiles.
This was said by the former president on Tuesday during a speech at the House of Representatives-organized summit on education.
Obasanjo stated in response to inquiries about the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) that his administration was friendly to professors and even instructors.
He said: “In my time, we had it. And if any government had done anything for ASUU, my government did. They all started buying cars and building houses. Even primary schools teachers started buying cars. They called it ‘Gbemu Aremu.’”
The former president said Nigeria must put an end to the high out-of-school youth before they develop into the next Boko Haram.
He stated that there are over 20 million youngsters who are not in school, and that their lack of access to education could lead them to extremist organizations.
According to Obasanjo, who served as president from 1999 to 2007, the instructors gave the jumbo allowance the name “Gbemu Aremu.”
Aremu is Mr. Obasanjo’s middle name, while the Yoruba word “Gbemu” signifies money.