Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state has declined the proposed conferment of an honorary degree on him by the Nahda International University College, NIUC, Khartoum, Sudan.
The award has been slated as part of the graduation ceremony of thirty eight students of Sokoto State extraction who bagged degrees in Medicine/Surgery, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Laboratory Sciences and Information Communication Technology (ICT) at the Ibn Sina University, ISU and NIUC.
According to a press statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Muhammad Bello, Tambuwal declined the offer shortly after his arrival in Khartoum, where he informed the management of the two universities that he would not take their offers because of the prevailing situation of insecurity in Nigeria.
“I won’t be able to oblige your humble request because of the condition in which my country finds itself at this time.
“But you may wish to defer the conferment until a later date. For now, I have come to see my children and wards,” he told the Professor Qaribullah Abbas, the Acting Dean of NIUC.
In his response, Professor Qaribullah, craved his indulgence to accept an Award of Excellence instead of the honorary degree.
The thirty eight graduands, out of which twenty nine will be awarded with Medical degrees of Bachelor in Medicine, Bachelor in Surgery MBBS, two each with degrees in Dentistry, Pharmacy, Medical Laboratories; and, Computer/ICT respectively and one with Nursing degree, actually got the state’s scholarship to study in Sudan from his predecessor, former Governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko.