Hon. Joshua Osih, SDF, presidential hopeful and one of the prominent candidates in the upcoming presidential poll, has lambasted the National Advanced School of Magistracy, best known by its French acronym, ENAM, saying that the school should be closed.
The comments of the Etoudi aspirant came in late hours of August 22, via his official twitter account, and generated a lot of reactions, with some of his followers applauding his declaration, while others rather advocated for him to bring reforms to the institute which he opined is not helping to develop the country in anyway.
In his tweet castigating ENAM, the SDF flag bearer said “The 10 most developed countries have no ENAM.” He went on to say that the controversial National Advance School of Magistracy, is a “colonial legacy” which a strong measure should be taken to shut it down.
He said his view on closing ENAM, “is a strong measure…ENAM is a symbol and it is necessary to be able to attack the symbol to advance”
Reacting to the Candidate’s tweet, some of his is supporters, heralded it, and even went further to beckon on Osih to also scrap and replace the FCFA currency, that is in use in Cameroon. Other reactors to Osih’s declaration told the candidate that “not everything is bad”, and that as such, he has to pick and keep what is good of the institution and then discard or replace the what has made the institution obsolete.
In a previous tweet before the elaborate tweet where he doubled down, the candidate had said, “my programme previews the immediate closure of ENAM”
Osih’s campaign to shutdown ENAM comes at a time when many have had rash comments and negative assessments on the institution they have termed the breeding ground for corrupt officials who have put a price tag on justice and service offered to the different communities they have been dispatched to serve.
Entrance examinations into the centre, have also been mired in bribery and corruption scandals as some candidates succeed without sitting for the examinations, while others buy their way in with millions of FCFA, and others depend on their ‘godfathers’ in high places in government circles, who just as much give a node of the head, and their godsons or daughters will be declared successful.
The institute has been seen in the eyes of the poor and middle class who do not have the moral delinquency or the financial might to buy entrance into the school, as an academy or breeding ground for sons and daughters of regime barons who are trained to keep the machinery put in place by their parents and present ruling class to maintain a firm grip over national life and ensure that their machinery keeps running.