President Muhammadu Buhari is facing a hard time in repairing the battered economy of the country, despite setting up an economic management team a few months ago – Professor Ango Abdullahi, a former Vice Chancellor (VC) of Ahmadu Bello University and a renowned figure in Northern Nigeria believes there are so many impediments on Buhari’s way – The pioneer member of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the 1990s spoke about some decisions taken by the Buhari-led administration recently – The Magajin Rafi Zazzau bared his mind on the sacking of the 13 Vice Chancellors and other national issues.
According to Professor Ango Abdullahi, a former special adviser to former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, and the spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), he believes certain forces are hindering the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, from delivering the dividends of democracy to the suffering masses in the country. Sunday Sun reported that, Abdullahi made this known, in his farm in Zaria, Kaduna state. He opined that the NEF are not happy with the way the president is steering the ship of the country. He advised President Buhari to urgently address the shortcomings of his administration.
The former Vice Chancellor criticised the president, for terminating the appointment of 13 VCs. He said the president’s action was against the law. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter ango abdullahi Professor Ango Abdullahi, a former Vice Chnacellor of Ahmadu Bello University and the spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) When he was asked about his candid view about the VCs’ sack, he said: “Well, frankly speaking, university system has been virtually part of all my life. But what is always critically important for a country, for its institutions is to be guided by the rule of law. And anything that runs outside the rules, regulations and laws, you find out that the outcome is usually chaos. You see conflict of interest, and so on and so forth. Yes, historically, all Nigerian universities at the point of their establishment are established by law. The one that I know most is the Ahmadu Bello University, and it has to do with the Office of the Registrar as well as the Office of the Vice Chancellor. And of course, laws, when they are made, at various points in time, there are certain circumstances that need to be reviewed in line with the law to fit such circumstances in the evolution of that institution. And all universities are supposed to have laws and regulations. “To come to this specific and recent happening about the dissolution of governing councils, the need for the sacking of vice chancellors that are in office, I think the resolution of the contentions must be found somewhere in the laws establishing universities, and for me, until recently, I was the Pro-Chancellor, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. I remember very well the most recent university laws that were amended had conferred specific powers on the governing councils of universities to have sole responsibility for the appointment of their principal officers, including the Vice Chancellors. “Before then, usually, the councils play a role up to the point when three names are shortlisted among so many that have shown interest in becoming vice chancellors of these universities and eventually these three names are sent to the visitor of the university. And the visitor can use his discretion to take any one of the three names regardless of other recommendations that the council may have made in respect to those three. It was his prerogative to pick any of the three and that’s okay. But in the course of the amendment of these laws and particularly with the pressure that was coming from the academic staff over the years, wanting more autonomy, quote and unquote, autonomy for Nigerian universities, and I think associated with the last long ASUU’s strikes, I think the Obasanjo administration acceded to this, if not all, some aspects of university autonomy.” He did not stop there. He gave his thoughts about the running of the country, and how President Buhari has fared so far, while at the same time, gave pieces of advice to the nation’s number one citizen. “First, I will emphasise that he should keep his focus in terms of his ideals and qualities as a leader of people. Here it incorporates honesty, fairness and justice to all people. I will like to remind him that he is leading a complex country with a complex history in its diversity, which desires to become a united country. The contradictions are obvious. You sometimes hear comments on contradictions of this aspiration of unity, which unfortunately, fall back on primordial, ethnic, religious and geopolitical grounds. “Buhari should maintain that he belongs to no one but all Nigerians by exhibiting justice and fairness. Thirdly, he should find good Nigerians, not those opportunists or sycophants. He has to be very careful with ‘yes sir’ people. He should find people that he may differ with in their thoughts or criticisms so far they are constructive or objective. It is only these people that can correct your mistakes. Selections of this kind of people constitute the major problem of president Buhari presently. “Buhari should be careful about Nigerian politics especially the politics of the merger of APC, who are in the government to pursue their selfish agenda. Buhari should not be too rigid on permanent friends and enemies. He should be very careful with sycophants both in his cabinet, party and National Assembly.”