2023: Atiku, others at risk as Reps to raise prospects’ minimum education certification


The House of Representatives has actually passed, for 2nd reading, an expense to bar individuals without university degrees from contesting the presidential position.

To object to for federal and state legislature and governorship seats, a candidate will need a minimum of a university degree.

The bill, sponsored by Oriyomi Onanuga, seeks to change sections 66, 106, 131 and 171 of the 1999 Constitution as changed.

The proposed bill, if passed, means that lawmakers, presidents and guvs need to have a minimum certification of a Bachelor degree, a Higher National Diploma, Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) and other degree equivalent certificates.

Several politicians in Nigeria usage secondary school or main school certificates to run for office.

Former Vice President and prospect of the Peoples Democratic Party at the last general election, Atiku Abubakar, provided a Diploma as his greatest credentials. Mr Abubakar is believed to be thinking about running for president in 2023.

It is not only Mr Atiku that presented less than a university degree or equivalent. Omoyele Sowore, the candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) also presented a Senior Secondary School Certificate, WAEC, as his highest certification.

On Tuesday, your home disputed the general concept of the costs and passed it for second reading. The expense was consequently sent to the Committee on Constitution Amendment.

If passed, politicians without credentials up to degree level will be dismissed.

You can’t be successful outside your academic qualification– Buhari