The former President in a swift response on Wednesday in a statement by his Media Aide, Kehinde Akinyemi noted that, the very clear quotation of the Vice-Chancellor, made this clarification imperative and to set the records straight on his engagement with the University.
‘Ordinarily, this will have been unnecessary exercise, if it has been the usual shenanigans of the media to sell their newspapers, but, the very clear quotation of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Abdalla Adam on the headline made this clarification imperative and to set the records straight on His Excellency’s engagement with the University’, the statement reads.
‘In putting the records in right perspective, His Excellency which to draw the attention of the Vice-Chancellor to his letter dated 12 April 2018, which was written to the University Registrar, Mr. Felix Edoka, when the Council offered him a Part-Time appointment as an Instructional/Tutorial Facilitator and Project Supervisor in the Faculty of Arts at the Abeokuta Study Centre’.
Penpushing reports that, Obasanjo said that he recalled that, specifically in paragraph 3 of the letter, he wrote: “I will gladly undertake any of the functions mentioned in paragraph two of your letter pro bono and I hope that the functions will be flexible enough to accommodate my rather tight schedule’.
The former President affirmed that he has not received any dime either as salaries or otherwise from the University and not planning for such now or forever, as stated in his letter that the appointment was received with “pleasure and duty to give back to others out of what God and NOUN have given me.”
Penpushing also reports that, Obasanjo pointed out that, the statement credited to the University authority was embarrassing to him, having generated mixed reactions across the globe, hence, the need for the Vice-Chancellor to retract the statement and tender apology.
‘The publication, which has generated mixed reactions from the general public and calls from far and near on the Elder statesman expressing concern, is to say the least, embarrassing, uncharitable, mischievous and in bad taste, with immediate demand for a retraction and apology from the Office of the Vice Chancellor’,Obasanjo declared.