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UNILAG Crisis: Report one-sided, I did not want to sign- Chairman, Visitation Panel


The  chairman of the visitation panel set up by President Mohammadu Buhari on University of Lagos crisis , Prof. Hamman Tukur Saad, in a letter to the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, dated November 10, 2020, said he regretted signing the report of the panel.

According to him, it would be impossible for any council to manage a university in Nigeria if the report of the panel were implemented in a whitepaper

He also doubted the integrity of the report submitted by the panel on September 17, 2020 in a separate letter to the Minister for Education..

He said: “When you read the report, you will notice that it was very one-sided, so to speak. The option was for the chairman to refuse to sign the report and that would have been a slap on the government’s face.aa

“In any case, the issue is not that the report was false, but it contained half-truth in order to protect one party and magnified the facts from the other party by pushing the blame to one side, omitting what could have balanced the report”.

Saad also said he was never in favour of the dissolution of the council, even though its chairman “has committed hara-kiri by resigning, rightly or wrongly.”