Public Complaints Commission, PCC, Commissioner and Social critic and anti-corruption crusader, Alhaji. Abubakar Tsav, has warned against ethno-religious tendencies stressing that they are capable of generating bad blood amongst citizens of the country across socio-political divide.
This is even as a body known as Concerned Benue Citizens, CBC, has decried “blackmail and contemptuous” disgrace of the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Dutsi-Ma, Katsina state, Prof James Ayatse.
It would be recalled that indigenes of Dutsin-Ma Local Government Area, had, in a report in the media, accused Prof Ayatse of various allegations of financial misconduct amounting to N106 million within the period of his four year tenure as Vice-Chancellor of the University.
However, CBC, in a press release issued by its national president, Bemgba Iortyom and the secretary, Ocheje Unah and made available to newsmen in Makurdi, Benue state capital described the allegations as a smear campaign targeted at destroying Ayatse’s integrity.
“We make bold to state without ambiguity or equivocation that these allegations bear the stamp of a smear campaign targeted to hack down a man whose credentials and track-record stand tall and speak for him in volumes and words louder than what words could ever convey.
“It is a fact that it has become a trade-mark of Benue indigenes, especially those at the ivory tower, to be identified with excellence and distinction wherever they are called to serve and at whatever capacity. This is a fact which has inevitably attracted envy and slander to those excelling Benue sons and daughters,” CBC stated.
The body cited the case of Professor Daniel Saror, who served as VC of Ahmadu Bello University between 1992 and 1996 and performed creditably well, but instead of being appreciated was attacked with smear campaigns.
“Prof Daniel Saror was Vice-Chancellor of the premier Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria from 1992-1996, he performed creditably well and in the process earned the distinction of being the first man to serve a full tenure in that office and even a second tenure for the first time in the history of the institution. This snowballed into a vicious smear campaign, which went as far as almost consuming the life of this humble and unassuming man who is accepted by all as being totally incapable of any form of guile or duplicity”.
To prevent further vilification of Ayatse, Tsav, a social critic and anti corruption crusader who said he cannot support corruption in anyway, called on the EFCC to thoroughly investigate the allegations against him and make the findings public.
He was, however, convinced that Ayatse had a “wonderful” track record having served two terms of four years each in a bigger varsity, an integrity he said he would not want to drag to the mud.

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