The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has condemned the proposed plan of the first Lady to establish a private University which will be named after President Muhammadu Buhari.\n\nThe union was reacting to a recent disclosure by the wife of the president, Aisha, of the proposal.\n\nASUU Chairman, University of Ibadan, Professor Deji Omole and former national treasurer of the union, Professor Ademola Aremu, spoke in separate interviews with newsmen in Ibadan after Aisha Buhari had over the weekend at a townhall meeting in Yola announced her plan to establish a private university to be named after her husband in partnership with some foreigners.\n\nRead Also:JAMB launches 10-year probe of UTME to uncover people that cheated.\n\nOmole said:\n\n\u201cWhen I heard about the proposed private university to be named after Mr President, I just looked at it as a joke taken too far.\n\nIf we have a president in a country that has simply refused to fund public education and all we get from the first family is to establish a private university in collaboration with some foreigners, it is a disaster for this country and for a sitting president.\n\n\u201cThe implication is that Nigerians should know that this leadership does not believe in public funded education.\n\nNigerians should support the struggle for the government to take education as a core investment upon which this country will be liberated.\n\nIt is not the children of the rich that will solve the problems of Nigeria but the children of the poor and the tool they need is quality in education.\u201d\n\nOn his part, Aremu advised Mrs Buhari to influence policies of her husband\u2019s administration to revitalise public-funded education.\n\n\u201cI don\u2019t think that she is serious. We already have proliferation of universities and they are not taken care of them.\n\nSince her husband is a policy maker, should he now formulate policies that will ground public universities for their interest to thrive? I thought we have actually left that era.\n\nI could remember that Obasanjo established Bells and we condemned it. Atiku established his own as Former Vice President and we frown at it.\n\n\u201cIf you have private interest, you should not hold public office. If you have interest in anything private thing, I think it is proper to actually leave the public space for those who want to serve the masses.\n\nHow many people can afford the existing private universities \u00a0in the country? If you want to help education, then increase the capacity of the existing ones.\n\nWhen you are holding a public office, don\u2019t establish a private concern. She should wait until Buhari is completely out of office before thinking of bringing a private university in whatever name.\u201d\n\nRead Also:Video:Omega Power Ministries (OPM) opens free hospital in PortHarcourt.