The presidential candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi, has lamented the degradation of the status of the Ibadan city.
According to a statement on Sunday by his campaign council, Obi spoke during a courtesy visit to the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Olalekan Balogun, on Saturday.
He was quoted to have complained that the “University of Ibadan known for quality education has become shadow of its old self.”
Obi during the visit, however, promised to restore the educational status of the institutions in Ibadan if elected president in 2023.
The statement read in part, “In the past, according to Obi, people came from all over the nation and outside Nigeria to seek quality university education in the famous citadel of learning, the University of Ibadan. Today, the university, regrettably, is now a shadow of its old self.
“He also commented on the very high reputation of the UCH as a medical centre of excellence patronised by all African nationals.
“Obi promised that as a Nigerian President, he will restore the educational status of these institutions and thereby make Ibadan City regain its lost glory.”
In his response, the Olubadan was said to have advised Obi to remain focused and committed to his programmes.
A member of the Olubadan traditional council, the Balogun of Ibadan, Tajudeen Ajibola, who spoke on behalf of the monarch said, “How our people would live securely and how to ensure that the 2023 general elections are held without any form of violence, these are the concerns of Olubadan.”