|Federal Minister of Solid Minerals, Nigeria|
June 2005 â€“ June 2006
|Preceded by||Odion Ugbesia|
|Federal Minister of Education, Nigeria|
June 2006 â€“ April 2007
|Preceded by||Chinwe Obaji|
|Succeeded by||Abba Sayyadi Ruma|
|Born||April 28, 1963|
|Profession||Chartered accountant, economic policy|
Do our children now have to choose between getting an education and dying? Some of us cannot move on and accept that kind of society.
In terms of competitiveness of new global environment, Kenya will have absolutely no choice but to tackle the most important constraint to its development: it has been corruption.
China, frankly, can be an opportunity for Africa based on the huge infrastructure deficit on the continent, but what needs to happen is that governments and citizens have to build internal ownership of the need of good governance, transparency, accountability, for respect for the environment.
How can the cost of education be the cost of life? It is unacceptable; it is reprehensible that we have allowed it to fester.
I would like to see a lot of people more involved in practical solutions to practical problems. Women have got to the point where we can turn the world upside down.
It is time for someone as powerful as Barack Obama to compare the girls of Chibok to his own daughters. These girls are a symbol of our own message to girls that they should be educated, that we would go beyond the call of duty for you.
What would ultimately de-escalate the challenges of society would be for people to get educated, especially for more women to be educated because when more women are educated, they invest much more of their time and income in ensuring that the next generation would perform even more than they have done.
I have always battled injustice. As a child, I used to fight on the side of my friends when boys terrorized them.
My mum was a quintessential businesswoman. She taught me problem-solving. She can solve any problem.
The way our government handled the Chibok girls case goes beyond an election matter. This is not a one-time issue we discuss over elections. We need to have a deeper conversation about what kind of a nation we want to be.