Wike Faults Critics of First Lady Over Honorary Degree

Minister of State for Education in Nigeria, Nyesom Wike on Sunday faulted critics of Nigeria's first lady, Patience Jonathan over the honorary doctorate degree conferred on her by a University in South Korea.

The Minister who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ado Ekiti, said that the criticism was "not only out of place, but also bereft of  common sense."

It will be recalled that some Nigerians including All Progressives Congress (APC) had condemned the decision by Mrs. Jonathan to recieve the award.

The critics had said that it was ill-timed for the First Lady to receive the award, when Universities in Nigeria were shut down because of ASUU strike.

Wike said that there was nothing wrong with the action of the First Lady as long as it was the university that decided to extend such rewarding gesture to her.

He said that the award was in recognition of the first lady's humanitarian services and in particular, her efforts in fighting cybercrimes.

"One will not necessarily bother himself because most of these critics do not understand how government operates.

"The mere fact that ASUU is not on campus, does not mean that all activities of government will be grounded.

"It does not also mean that other staff of the universities are not working. They are working; the only thing is that academic activities are not taking place.

"So if other institutions all over the world want to honour the first lady for her contribution to mankind, I do not see anything wrong with that.

That ASUU is on strike does not mean all universities are on strike.

"University of Illorin is a public university but they are not on strike.

"There are also other private universities in this country," he said.

Wike appealed to the ASUU members to shift ground on their demands, just like the way government had done in order to end the four months strike.

NAN

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