Why Mamora Rejected Buhari’s Appointment

Why Mamora Rejected Buhari’s Appointment

Nigeria News takes a good look at Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora as he outrightly rejected his appointment as the Chairman of the Abuja Investment and Infrastructure Centre.


Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora has shown that there are still many Nigerians of integrity who are not easily cajoled by the aura political office.


He turned down his appointment as the chairman of the Abuja Investment and Infrastructure Centre by President Muhammadu Buhari.


Mamora, a former Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly was a prominent member of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s Campaign Organisation in 2014 towards the 2015 general election.


By now he is expected to be part of the present government, judging by his wealth of experience, intellect and sophistication but he is a mere face in the crowd.


When his name did not surface on the list of the ministers, which took six months for Buhari to prepare, many had concluded that Mamora would serve as a head of one of the juicy boards, parastatals or agencies but alas the lawmaker was left out.


The eloquent lawmaker, according to findings had his name as the probable Chairman of the NPA board but was surprised to be delisted.


His inclusion as an ambassador was also celebrated until the late hour when he was substituted and had to resign to fate.


The juicy appointments had been shared among Buhari’s cronies, most of whom never helped during the campaign. At a time, wife of the president, Aisha Buhari cried out that strangers had hijacked government from her husband in the name of appointments.


She said that those who now occupied the ministries, agencies, parastatals as chairmen and members of the boards were not present during the campaign.


As a matter of fact, former President Olusegun Obasanjo had to describe Buhari’s style of appointment as clannish as he urged him to redress the situation.


So when the list of appointees to boards and agencies finally came out, no fewer than eight of them had died. It has to be returned for scrutiny and through this Mamora’s name was smuggled in.


The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha put a call to the astute lawmaker to inform him of his new appointment, “Chairman, Abuja Investment and Infrastructure Centre”.


Mamora turned it down. He showed that he could not serve in such capacity having shown his capacity as former Speaker of the most vibrant state House of Assembly, one of the revered senators that had performed as chairman of about four committees creditably well.


This is not about pride, I think but what this man can offer. Mamora is one politician that has been around since 1999 without any record of fraud. Having operated at the higher level, one expects the present administration to tap into his intellectual prowess to move the country forward.


He is left out of the real service and perhaps those who have recommended him for this position do not know the disservice they have done to this country.


Mamora has shown that he is not broke and that he is not one of the politicians who jump at any offer to loot the country. It is a call for service but it must also come with a sense of dignity and pride.

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