Sequel to President Muhammadu Buhari ‘s apologies to Nigerians and the academia for erroneously dissolving the governing councils of 12 Federal universities and that of the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, a group known as Concerned Citizens for Educational Development has described the gesture as humility, and an admittance of fault worthy to be emulated by all in the position of leadership.
The in a press statement issued yesterday in Abuja and signed by its leader, Dr. Ishaq Dan Musa stated the President took a bold step owing up to his mistakes by apologising to the nation and those directly affected by that anti-democratic action,an action which is not only unconstitutional ,but against the principles and act governing the establishment of Universities in the country.
According to the group, the move to dissolve the various governing councils and the appointment of some VCs by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu without proper consultations and disregard to the act establishing the universities’ has caused the nation an embarrassment and a laughing stock to the outside world, but with the genuine intervention of Mr President, the minister advice in error has brought more accolades to the ruling party.
Dr Dan Musa said President Buhari’s decision to rescind the error of the minister over the dissolution of the Governing Council of 12 Federal Universities and that of the National Open University, NOUN, and means agreeing that the Minister of Education advice in error is laudable.
Thus, the group therefore called on the Minister to honourably resign for causing such massive confusion in the Ivory tower as well as embarrassing the nation and call on the National Assembly to intensify the probe of the Minister over the aforesaid issue to forestall recurrence.
It would be recalled that President Buhari on Thursday offered the apology at the National Executive Council,NEC,meeting of his party ,the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Abuja, saying interalia that ’we gave 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.
However, a source close to the affected varsities said the minister’s appointees were seen moving their personal belongings out of their offices and their office quarters as at press time yesterday, while, Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, students and others lauded President Buhari for such a bow step, just as the group urged the now reinstated governing councils and VCs to resume immediately in order not to create a vacuum in the administration of the affected universities,just as it adviced them to work assiduously and collectively for the overall developmental growth of their respective universities in the interest of Nigeria.

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