Buhari’s Apology Does Not Include Recalling 13 Sacked VCs, Says FG

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Paul Obi in Abuja

The federal government on Wednesday clarified the position of government relating to the recent apology by President Muhammadu Buhari over the sacked 13 vice chancellors and the dissolution of governing councils of universities.

Buhari had apologised for the decision by government to hurriedly terminate the appointments of universities’ vice chancellors, particularly, their governing councils, without recourse to the extant laws.

He did so at a forum in Abuja with All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwarts.

The president had told his party members that government “gave a blanket order which we had to rescind when we said all boards are suspended or dissolved. We had to go back and lick our vomit in terms of universities councils because we found out that according to their laws, they cannot choose vice chancellors unless the councils sit and interview candidates who want to be VCs. So, there is nothing wrong in saying sorry and going back on your decision. So, we said sorry and allow all the universities to continue with their councils. So, please, try to bear with us as we reflect on where we found ourselves.”

But speaking to THISDAY, Senior Special Assistant to the Minister of Education, Dauda Abdulramid, explained that the president’s apology does not connote reinstating the sacked vice chancellors given that government’s earlier position was no longer reversible.

Abdulramid told THISDAY that notwithstanding Buhari’s apology, the decision by government cannot be rescinded by recalling the sacked vice chancellors.

“He did not say that he has reversed the sack, he only apologised. Once government takes a decision, it stands by it. Maybe, subsequently, they will take caution next time. But that does not mean he clearly stated that the sacked Vice Chancellors should be recalled,” he added.

Similarly, Head of Information and Public Relations, National University Commission (NUC), Ibrahim Yakassi, in an interview with THISDAY, collaborated the position of the minister’s aide, arguing that “the situation is misunderstood; the president was speaking in past tense, go back and read what he said.

“He made reference to the dissolution of all boards in this country. It has nothing to do with the 13 vice chancellors that were recently disengaged. It has no relation to that. The president when he dissolved all boards in this country included all the councils of federal universities then. But he rescinded that decision as he said because the councils needed to be in place to appoint vice chancellors. There was a process then; most universities’ vice chancellors were going then.”

  • UOU

    Then buhari did not make apologies for the sack, meaning his words is equal to nothing, zero(0). buhari definately was playing his usual dirty old type of mannerless politics or he simply does not understand what he was saying or that, apologies means different thing to buhari and all of you, his gang and mean another thing, to the rest of nigerians. Indeed, this is troubled time, a torturing bitter loaf offered by a worst type of govt

  • Name Seni

    This is extremely shameful, to say the least. That officials of govt are so confused like this and do not know the right thing to say/do is barbaric.

  • Ichele Aki

    It’s difficult to believe that these are the people manning the education ministry in Nigeria in 2016!

  • Toby

    “All Promises Cancelled”. Understand this, you live a happier life the next 3 years.

  • Seriki Samuel Adinoyi (Jos)

    Okay, now that he has realised that th new VCS were appointed in error without the governing councils of those universities, what should we do? We should simply allow the councils to go back in place and do their jobs by interviewing and appointing new VCS without delay. The ones earlier appointed and announced in error can not continue to head our universities. The President should be humble enough to reverse what he has done in ignorance; that is True apology, not by simply say sorry and allowing the wrong to remain. Nobody is saying he should recall the past VCs