Bauchi Commissioner resigns, says governor “hostile, aggressive”

Bauch State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar
Bauch State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar

Bauchi State’s Commissioner of Budget and Planning, Shehu Ningi, has resigned from his position.

Mr. Ningi stepped down a day after Governor Mohammed Abubakar presented the 2017 budget estimates to the state’s House of Assembly.

The former commissioner said he decided to resign because the governor did not encourage members of his cabinet to offer advice on how to run the state.

Mr. Ningi, in his resignation letter to the governor, explained that the environment in which he could exercise his advisory role as member of the State Executive Council had been “unaccommodating, debilitating and non-adviser friendly”.

In the letter sent through the Secretary to State Government, Bello Illelah, Mr. Ningi said Gov. Abubakar had adopted a “hostile, aggressive and intimidating” posture that scares virtually all members of the cabinet from offering “good, frank, sincere and honest advice”.

“It appears Your Excellency prefers to listen to illiterates and sycophants. Your Excellency, this sycophancy is your creation. Consequently, everybody is now compelled to tell you what you want to hear,” he said.

The Commissioner said the Bauchi state executive council had been turned into a “rubber stamp” for the governor.

“I’m sure Your Excellency cannot recall the number of times you shouted at me merely because I offered simple suggestions and piece of advice.

“Your Excellency may wish to know that it has become a culture for top government officials to discuss their ordeal in their respective interactions with you and the embarrassment they receive,” he said.

Mr. Ningi also said he left because of the “unwarranted, unjustified and deliberate marginalization of himself and his group whose contributions to Governor Mohammed Abubakar’s victory in both primary and general elections have been deliberately underrated and even forgotten”.

He said despite being a key member of the governing APC in the state and his constituency, he was not consulted when members of the caretaker committee of his local government council were being appointed.

He said it was a heavy a “political exclusion and negation of the principle and practice of corresponding reciprocity” on the part of Gov. Abubakar.

He also gave as his reason for resignation, the “unnecessary and avoidable intra-party crisis in the APC in the state”.

He said the crisis within the APC will cost the party dearly in the 2019 election.

The former commissioner also accused the governor of frustrating several efforts made to resolve the crisis within the APC.

Mr. Ningi also blamed his resignation on the marginalisation and relegation of his Ningi emirate, especially as it relates to appointments and provision of developmental projects.

The former commissioner expressed the hope that his resignation would encourage Gov. Abubakar to embrace and practice the “Change Begins with me” campaign of the APC administration at the federal level.

He however expressed gratitude for the opportunity given to him to serve.

But reacting to Mr. Ningi’s resignation, the state commissioner of finance, Garba Akuyam, described as “baseless, malicious, false and unfounded” the reasons for resignation given by Mr. Ningi.

Mr. Akuyam also described Mr. Ningi as a “confused person”.


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  • River Jordan

    I’m happy to see that we still have some politicians who are not attracted only by the status and financial benefits associated with public office. The days of mediocrity in governance are numbered!

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  • Eziokwu

    If this be the case, then here comes a principled man. Well done Mr erstwhile Commisioner. Keep this principled spirit. It is always very rewarding.

  • Ferdinand

    Congratulations Mr Ningi for having the courage to call it a day with the cabinet. Across the country commissioners are mere errand boys/girls with no role to play. Some don’t even have access to the governor, cannot offer any advice. They only wait for their pay checks if at all it comes.

    Congrats once again

  • sammyctu ode

    Is Mr. Ningi a Nigerian, I doubt it? What he did is very alien to our society and this guy deserves a national honors award.

    • Julius

      lol@Is Mr. Ningi a Nigerian, I doubt it? . Me too !

  • sammyctu ode

    Most of the Nigerian governors are never democratic they are power drunk illiterates and not exposed whether they studied overseas and how many times they have gone to look for foreign investments. Main reason they act and behave like jackassess is cos they belong to cults and have drank human blood to win elections. Mr. Ningi please don’t worry yourself God is preparing you to take over from the present illiterate governor. This governor has joined the dubious ranks of thugs fayose and wike who call themselves governors but actually they are agberos (area boys of Nigeria ).

    • Korede

      Gbam Gbam, Glad you nailed it, my brother. They are occult and has drank so many innocent blood. That makes them blind with power and has no remorse or respect for the public office. Anyway days of reckoning is at hand. God bless Nigeria.

  • Julius

    Now, we are getting somewhere in this country. When somebody resigned because he/she felt their advice on how to run the government is being ignored, it is a good news. We do not usually do this in this country. Kudos to him and good luck as well.

    • Pat

      Especially when the advice is pro people.

      • Julius

        Yes, you are right .

  • taiwo

    Hmmm. A Nigerian political office holder resigning? That’s quite far-fetched these days. If truly this is one of the reasons he resigned, then truly he must be applauded. There is yet hope for Nigeria.

  • Al

    This is encouraging, other political office holder should emulate him base on principle but not bcuz oga at the top refuse you to steal

  • thusspokez

    Am I hearing right? That a Nigerian [ yes: a NI…GE…RIAN ] public official had just resigned from his job? Wow!!! This is a ground-breaking development; and this man deserves an award.

    • Kekedu

      Indeed. I had to pinch myself just to be sure this is real.

  • bulus

    Ningi, see me in my office later…I have something for you

  • A Aminu

    Another sycophant on the podium. This commissioner of finance will regret his stand. The resigning commissioner has my respect and I hold him in high esteem.

  • ii am waiting for a day like this when ministers in Buhari govt. will have courage too throw in towel because of his aloofness and high-handedness. Any leader that refused to listen to others advice is not worth working with

  • naija man

    what a man of integrity.kudos.