Almajiri Schools: Goodluck Jonathan Opens up on why Nigerian Governors Were not Happy

Almajiri Schools: Goodluck Jonathan Opens up on why Nigerian Governors Were not Happy

  • Nigeria's former President Goodluck Jonathan says some governors in the country were not exactly thrilled when he built Almajiri schools
  • According to him, the state leaders didn't mention anything to him unti he left office after losing the election to President Buhari
  • Jonathan explained that the federal government’s money from Universal Basic Education was used in the construction for the schools

Abuja - Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on Thursday, December 2, revealed that some Nigerian governors were not happy when he built Almajiri schools, describing its as a time bomb.

Daily Trust reports that Jonathan made the remark while delivering Graduation lecture f at National Institute for Security Studies (NISS), Abuja.

It was gathered that during the administration led by Jonathan, no fewer than 35 Almajiri schools were built within his first two years as president.

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Goodluck Jonathan said governors in Nigeria were not happy he built Almajiri schools. Photo credit: Goodluck Jonathan
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The former president went on to note that in a bid to solve a wide range of security challenges facing the country, he asked governors of the 19 northern states to modify the Almajiri system of education, Leadership added.

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He said:

“When I was in office, I had to step in at a time, to even attempt to build Almajiri schools. I know that some of the governors probably were not happy but then, they didn’t tell me they were not happy, it was when I left office they said they weren’t happy.
“We used the federal government’s money from Universal Basic Education. It was just to partner with the State governments to create these learning environments, and I did that because of my knowledge about the ethno-religious crisis.”

According to him, Nigerian doesn’t spend money in developing the youths in order to give them functional education.

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According to an earlier report by, Jonathan has described himself as an introvert, who should not be deeply involved in partisan politics.

He made this known at the gala night to round off the three-day programme of the Unique University of Port Harcourt Class ‘81 Reunion, which ended on Saturday in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

He said he was trying to figure out if he was an accidental politician.

Touching photos as Nigerian ex-president reunites with schoolmates after 40 years

Meanwhile, the former president on Friday, November 26, had a reunion with some of his schoolmates from the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

Via his Facebook page, Jonathan noted that the event which took place in Yenagoa came forty years after graduation in 1981.

The former Nigerian leader said he and his old friends used the opportunity to visit some memorable places like the first oil well in Oloilbiri, Ogbia LGA of the state.


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