Board appointments: I won’t reject even if Buhari appoints me a messenger – Former minister


A former minister and Senator of the Federal Republic, John Udoedehe, has reacted to criticisms that trailed his recent appointment as a board member for the Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) saying he won’t mind taking up an appointment as a messenger as long as it is coming from President Muhammadu Buhari.

Recall that the federal government recently released names of board members of various agencies. 

However since his appointment as a board member of NITDA was made public, Udoedehe, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), said he has been receiving several calls from his political associates and supporters who felt that the appointment was humiliating, considering his reach in politics.

It will be disrespectful to the president for me to reject the offer, I am a loyal party member,” Mr. Udoedehe said in an interview with Premium Times on Saturday. 

If the president finds me worthy to be a messenger or a cleaner in the government, as a Christian I should humble myself and accept it.

I don’t want to give my enemies weapon to tell lies against me. I don’t want my enemies to go and tell the president ‘I told you this man is arrogant’.

The Bible talks about longsuffering, talks about humility, talks about patience, and talks about gratefulness to God,” Mr. Udoedehe said.

The former senator who said he has great respect for President Buhari said a lot of people have been calling him since they heard of his appointment.

They are shocked by the reply I give them,” he said.