By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Sunday accused President Muhammadu Buhari of rubbishing his administration’s fight against corruption by allegedly compensating persons indicted with federal appointments.
The union in a release jointly signed by the University of Ibadan Chairman of the Union, Professor Deji Omole and the Ibadan Zonal Coordinator Dr Ade Adejumo kicked against the appointment of the Vice Chancellor of Kwara State University (KWASU) Professor Abdulrasheed Na’allah who has been indicted by the visitation panel under Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed as Vice Chancellor University of Abuja saying, it makes mockery of the present administration’s anti-corruption campaign.
According to ASUU, ” the visitation panel report of 2016 indicted Professor Na’Allah of financial recklessness, maladministration and abuse of due process as entrenched in the university laws.”, saying,
while the tenure of Abdulrasheed Na’Allah lapses at Kwara State University on 27th of July, he has since resumed in University of Abuja has Vice Chancellor.
“A government that claims to be fighting corruption is protecting people alleged for corruption and compensating them with appointment. Example is the case of KWASU vice chancellor, who was indicted by the visitation panel, set up by the Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed administration. The white paper recommendations was not implemented and suppressed by politicians. Now, the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has now appointed the same person as the Vice Chancellor of University of Abuja. He has even resumed while his tenure is yet to lapse in KWASU thereby occupying two Vice chancellorship seats.” it said.
ASUU pointed out that it has observed as trend that ‘no matter how grievous the offence of anyone close to the presidency is, such a person is further rewarded with federal appointment or treated with kid gloves thereby entrenching corruption and impunity.”
The union emphasized that “empowering indicted persons with political offices rubbishes the fight against corruption and will only encourage people to be corrupt since there is a reward of higher offices awaiting them.”