- Some details have been revealed as to how an ex-BUK VC, late Mahmud Tukur, left office abruptly
- According to Mamman Daura, this happened when a former military head of state, Olusegun Obasanjo, appointed Tukur as the VC of UNILAG
- Daura explained that the scholar did not only reject the appointment but also resigned from his office at the time
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Mamman Daura, a nephew of President Muhammadu Buhari, has spoken on the life and times of late Mahmud Tukur, a former vice-chancellor of the Bayero University, Kano (BUK).
In a tribute to late Tukur seen by Daily Trust, Daura noted that noted else better defined the former VC than his patriotic and nationalistic spirit.
The president's close relative also described the deceased as being vast and exposed in the academic fields having occupied various leadership positions in Nigerian institutions, including being a minister of commerce and Industry under General Buhari’s government in the 1980s.
This Day reported that in specific terms, Daura went down memory late to when Tukur's tenure as the VC of the university in Kano was short-lived after he rejected an appointment by the then General Olusegun Obasanjo to become the vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG).
"...although appointed Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, he refused to accept the post on account of impropriety and violation of the rules.
“Alas his tenure in BUK was cut short as a result of a bizarre decision by General Obasanjo, who abruptly posted Mahmud Tukur as Vice-Chancellor of Lagos University and Professor Akinkugbe to ABU. Mahmud refused and resigned from his offices."
Earlier, it was reported by Legit.ng that Tukur had been declared dead. He died in the early hours of Friday, April 9. He was the first VC of BUK and also a former director of Cadbury Nigeria.
Tukur died from an undisclosed ailment after he was rushed to a hospital in Abuja from his base in Kaduna state.