A response to Etuk Williams, Ibrahim Abubakar on dismissal of VCs by Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò


Professor Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò
Dear Messrs Etuk Bassey Williams and Ibrahim Abubakar,
I have just finished reading your letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on behalf of what you have identified as the “Coalition of Civil Society Groups”. The purpose of your letter is to contend that in the matter of the removal of 13 Vice Chancellors of Federal Universities, the president has breached the constitution. You further submit that the new appointments breached the federal character principle and are, for the most part, tainted by cronyism.
Since your letter did not contain the list of the groups on whose behalf you claim to speak, it is difficult to see how representative your “groups” are of what, by definition, is civil society and the multiplicity of groups to be found therein. If I were the president, or I were advising the president, I would promptly ignore your letter for its facelessness. This is not a charge to be taken lightly. Here is why.
You have accused the president of a constitutional breach. That is not a light charge in a well-ordered society based on the rule of law. It would therefore be necessary to be very clear who are those making the charge and on what basis. As an ordinary citizen who, by definition, is a part of the civil society from whose ranks your “groups” are selected, I find it difficult to take this charge seriously.
Where were you all when the initial appointments were made? If the president had the power to appoint those vice chancellors without more, how come the president no longer has the power to remove them, without more? When you kept quiet when the initial appointments were made, what gives you the legitimacy now to protest when “illegality” upends a previous “illegality”? As a Yorùbá saying might put it: “Olè gbé …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper