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
- Chairman: Prof. Emeka Enejere
Members: Hon. Salisu Buhari (former Speaker of House of
Representative), Chador Labar, Barr. Harison Onwu and Chief Akin Taiwo
- Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
Chairman: Mohammed Dewu as Chairman
Members: Former Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro, the Managing
Director, Sun Publishing Ltd, Tony Onyima, Mrs. Moremi Soyinka-Onijala
and Suleiman Lawal Kauru.
- Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
Chairman: Former Minister of Works, Sen. Adeseye Ogunlewe
Members: Chief Kayode Akindele, former Speaker of House of
Representatives, Hon. Ghali Na’abba, Prof. Femi Otubanjo and Abba
- Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi
Chairman: Chief Chike Cletus Udenze
Members: Pivlumon Aminde, Princess Ethel Eweka, Rear Admiral Peter
Ebeleme (rtd) and Abdul-Mujib Adetokunbo Mumuni.
- Federal University of Technology, Akure
Chairman: Alhaji Yarima Abdullahi
Members: Chief Joel Madaki, Lukman Erogbogbo, Hon. Jelani Mohammed
Yauri, and Benjamin Chijioke Nnaji
- Federal University of Technology, Minna:
Chairman: Former National Publicity Secretary of the People’s
Democratic Party (PDP), Prof. Ahmed Rufai Alkali
Members: Dr. Godfrey Imoagene, Ahmed Tahir, Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim
Umar, and former Minister of Sports, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja
- Federal University of Technology, Owerri
Chairman: Dr. Emmanuel M. I. Enemuo.
Members: Pastor Godwin Akpovie, Bright Nebedun, Gen. T. Hananiya, and
- Federal University of Technology, Yola
Chairman: Sanusi Munguno
Members: Dr. Adewunmi Williams, Dr.Kaleel Ibrahim Ahamad, Senator
Abubakar Danso Sodangi, (former chairman committee on FCT in the
Senate) and Princess Taibat Adeyemi-Agaba
- Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
Chairman: AVM Larry Koiyan (rtd)
Members: Former PDP Chairman, John Nwodo, Chief (Barr) J. M. Aseh,
Buhari Bala and Senator Fidelis Okoro
- University of Abuja, Abuja
Chairman: Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia
Members: Alhaji Mahe Dange, Prof O. Adegbulube, Aisha S. Mamuda, and
Professor Ediga Agbo
- University of Calabar, Calabar
Chairman: Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu
Members: Dr. Phillips Salawu, Sulieman Nakowa, Bassey Ebir Asuquo and
Otunba Mohammed Iluoeju
- University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State
Chairman: Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo (rtd)
Members: Amb. Lawrence Ekpebu, Sen. Jubril El-Mas’ud Doguwa, Barr.
Samuel Iheoma Nwatu, and Dr. Anthony Uche Mba
- Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, University, Bauchi
Chairman: Yahaya Mahmood
Members: Hajia Hauwa Bukar, Alhaji Isa Tafida Mafindi, Chief Mark Odua
and Dr. (Mrs) Chinweokwu Anyamene-Okeke.
- University of Jos, Jos
Chairman: Chief Don Etiebet
Members: Hon. Tunde Akogun (former House leader), Anthony Sani, Alh.
Adamu Jamfala, and Mrs. Uju Uzoka
- University of Maiduguri:
Chairman: Kashim Imam, former governorship candidate Borno State.
Members are Engr. Paul Attah, Princess Gloria Frazer, Adamu A. Waziri
(former commerce minister) and Chief Innocent Okparadike
- University of Port Harcourt:
Chairman: Mr. Gesi Asamowei
Members: Mrs. Joyce Bozimo, Mohammed Iyimoga, Dr. Nelson Olaniyi and
Mr. Okey Ajunwa.
- Usman Dan Fodio University:
Chairman: Sokoto is HRH George Oshiaphaghor
Members: Hon. Patience Onah Ogodo, Alhaji Yusuf Yabo, Kashim Muktar
Mahmud and Alh. Bello Abdullahi Sokoto.
- Bayero University, Kano
Chairman: Former Governor of Bauchi State Adamu Muazu
Members: Hon. Fatima Rasaki, Prof (Mrs) Josephine Okpoko, Dr.Yakubu
Kwari and Alh. Ahmad Abubakar.
- University of Ilorin, Ilorin
Chairman: Prof. Chukwuma Okonjo
Members: Prince Felix Akande, Dr. Abdulrasheed Salam, Dr. S. Ogbere,
and Dr. Bayo Aluko-Olokun
- University of Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State
Chairman: Prof. Kimse Okoko
Members: Gen (Dr) John W. Gbor, Alh. Aliyu Kaulaha, Isiah Adegbemiga
Abiola and Rev. (Mrs.) Grace Ekanem
- Federal University of Petroleum Resources
Chairman: Effurun is Sen. Barigha Amange
Members: Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Iheduru, Adamu Yusuf Dari, Sen. Victor
Kassim Isa-Oyofo, and Dr. Anthony U.Eze.