Mixed reactions have trailed the enrolment of the son of the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, in a public school in the state.
The Kaduna state governor on Monday enrolled his son, Abubakar Al-Siddique El-Rufai, at the Capital School Malal.
The governor made the announcement on Monday via his Twitter page (@GovKaduna). “Abubakar Al-Siddique El-Rufai has today enrolled as a Primary One pupil of Kaduna Capital School.”
A commissioner in Kaduna state who confirmed the news said, “it is in fulfilment of what the governor said in 2017.”
The state governor had renovated the school with N195 million in 2018 to make it one of the best in the country.
Nigerians on Twitter have been reacting to the story currently trending on social media.
While many Nigerians applauded El-Rufai, others faulted him as they perceived the act as a gambit.
A social commentator, J. J Omojuwa, in his reaction applauded the governor’s effort in revamping the public school system in Kaduna State.
Rebuking critics of the move, Omojuwa said “They said El-Rufai has enrolled his son in a public school, you claim he renovated the school before the enrollment. Let’s not be stupid. The point of having public servants enrol their kids is exactly that: that they pay extra attention to the school’s one way or another!
“So, whether or not El-Rufai renovated the school is not the point. The point is he now has an extra interest in the public school system in Kaduna beyond being the governor; his own child’s future is tied to its success. A win-win for Kaduna pupils & students!” he added.
Adamu Hayatu (AHayatu) praised the governor for the step geared towards reviving public education. He said “About 20 years ago by this time, we were stepping out of Kaduna Capital School fully equipped to compete with our peers in any higher institution of learning. This move by @elrufai means a lot to the revival of public education in Kaduna.”
Wale Adetola (@iSlimfit) in his reaction said “Call it PR or whatever, Governor El Rufai’s decision to enrol his son as a Primary One pupil of Kaduna Capital School, Kaduna State, is leadership by example. This will at least spur the state to invest more in raising the standard of education in public schools.”
“You people need to sit this one out. El-Rufai got this one. Whether he did it for politics is not the issue. He claims he is revamping public schools in Kaduna, he has gone ahead to register his own child in a public school. If it’s paining you, ask your governor to do same,” Karo (@karovoni) said.
Three eyed Tisan in a somewhat sarcastic tone, however, had this to say, (@tissann_) “It’s like people who stay outside Kaduna see El Rufai as the best thing to happen to this state oh. Must be nice.”
Abdurasheed Shehu (@SuRasheethe) who saw the governors move as a misplaced priority said; “So @elrufai enrols his son in public primary school but people are been killed and kidnapped along Kaduna-Abuja Expressway. Misplaced priorities.”