Outgoing Pro-chancellor of the University of Ibadan, southwest Nigeria, General Adeyinka Adebayo, has lashed out at President Goodluck Jonathan over his removal.
The 87-year-old former western region governor was eased out of his post less than two years into a four-year tenure.
Deploring the manner in which he was removed, General Adebayo, father of former Ekiti State Governor, Adeniyi Adebayo, admonished the president to imbibe the culture of respecting elders in addition to demonstrating civility in his public conduct if given the chance to rule the country again or to be in any leadership position.
“True your time in office is short, but who knows, providence may yet again smile on you, and you might once again mount the saddle of leadership whenever this happens and even if it never does, my prayer for you is that you imbibe the culture of civility in your future endeavours,” he said.
General Adebayo berated the Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau over the ‘disrespectful’ manner his appointment was abruptly terminated.
He added: “At the risk of sounding immodest, I must say that I do not deserve such indecorous treatment from your minister of eduction, who I believe must have acted with a measure of approval from you or your office. This abrupt termination of my tenure, while being seen as a welcome respite by my children and grand children, is all the same quite demeaning of my person.”
After his March 28 electoral loss, President Jonathan has gone on a strange sacking spree and appointing new people to replace those sacked, and insisting he is still in charge till May 29.
According to Comrade Shehu Sani of The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), “President Jonathan’s last minute hiring and firing policy is aimed at venting his anger against those whom he felt betrayed him and at the same time planting new lackeys who will act as fifth columnists and internal saboteurs for the incoming administration.”