Usman Bugaje, an ambassadorial nominee from Katsina state who rejected President Muhammadu Buhari’s ambassadorial appointment has revealed that “his hands are full working for the North”.
After declining to speak with the press on the reasons for his decision, Bugaje took to Facebook to thank the president for the appointment and provide reasons for his decision to turn it down.
“Regarding the published nomination for an ambassadorial posting, I have not spoken to the press and may not do so anytime soon,” Dr. Bagaje wrote on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.
“I thank those who think me fit for the job, but I have so much in my hands already, especially the Arewa Research and Development Project, ARDP, which is the only broad platform in the north driving development.
“I have weighed the options and have decided to remain home and continue the struggle for development and good governance.”
News of Bugaje’s decision followed the rejection of an ambassadorial appointment by Pauline Tallen, a former deputy governor of Plateau state. She cited three reasons for her decision, among them is a lack of proper consultation.
Akintunde Akinwande, a professor at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, also turned down Buhari’s appointment as the chairman of the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC.
Earlier in the year, an activist, Najatu Muhammed, a supporter of President Buhari, also rejected her appointment as chairperson of the Governing Council of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State. She was more dramatic in her approach, taking out a newspaper advert to announce it.