President Jonathan’s steady march towards firmly incorporating corruption as a common standard in all federal establishments has been given further boost by a curious list of appointed members of Governing Councils for federal universities. The list of the yet-to-be inaugurated boards of the 21 institutions is highlighted by names of unscrupulous characters a broad variety of scandals and fraud.
The governing boards, announced in a statement by the Secretary to the Federal Government, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, contains such characters as the former Inspector-General of Police Mike Okiro, fugitive former Bauchi Governor Adamu Mu’Azu, Salisu Buhari, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives who became notorious for his forged Toronto University certificate, and former Minister of Works Adeseye Ogunlewe.
Mr. Mike Okiro and his predecessor in office, Sunday Ehindero, were implicated in a Police Fund scandal involving John Obaniyi, a commissioner in charge of finance at police headquarters who was principally targeted in an investigation charade, but Mr. Okiro reportedly pocketed his share and walked away. The fangs of police corruption under Mike Okiro grew deadlier and more extensive with police roadblocks proliferating nationwide to extort commuters and assist politicians with their rigging agenda during elections. Even while still in office, Okiro was the owner of a range of businesses in Abuja.
Mu’Azu became a fugitive after he concluded his gubernatorial tenure in 2007, fleeing the country to avoid being investigated.
Ogunlewe was fired by President Olusegun Obasanjo as Minister of Works in 2006—accused, the Civil Liberties Organization said, of embezzling N300 million.
Critics say that President Jonathan’s pretentious stance against corruption ended formally with his recent but widely condemned state pardon of his benefactor and predecessor at Bayelsa State, ex-convict DSP Alamayeseigha.
In addition to refusing to declare his assets and running an administration that is riddled with criminal elements at very high levels he has refused to sack or even investigate, Mr. Jonathan seems to be moving quickly through the entire gamut of corruption characteristics. Having pardoned several corrupt people and criminals just two weeks ago, he has now added a new dimension of placing corrupt elements in a variety of offices, including university governing councils.
If Mr. Jonathan is counting his achievements, he can list the irony that Mr. Buhari, a university certificate forger, will now be on the governing council of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
The full list:
- University of Nigeria, Nsukka
- Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
- Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
- Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi
- Federal University of Technology, Akure
- Federal University of Technology, Owerri
- Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
- University of Abuja, Abuja
- University of Calabar, Calabar
- University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State
- Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, University, Bauchi
- University of Jos, Jos
- University of Port Harcourt:
- Usman Dan Fodio University:
- Bayero University, Kano
- University of Ilorin, Ilorin
- University of Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State
- Federal University of Petroleum Resources