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[VIDEO] Kankara schoolboys: Buhari is either inhuman or lacks empathy —Bugaje

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The convener of Arewa Research and Development Project and a former Member of House of Representatives, Dr Usman Bugaje has lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his silence on the kidnap of hundreds of schoolboys of Government Science School, Kankara in Katsina State.

Speaking during an interview with Amechi Anakwe on AIT TV, Bugaje wondered if President Buhari is either inhuman or simply totally lacks empathy.

When asked about what cold be done to avert more disaster, he said the National Assembly must do the right thing and impeach the president.fr

Dr Bugaje, who was in the second batch of the list of 46 nominees that President Buhari sent their names to the Senate for ambassadorial appointment, it could be recalled, later rejected the appointment.

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Who is Dr Usman Bugaje?

Brief History of Dr Usman Bugaje

Honourable (Dr) Usman Bugaje graduated in Pharmacy from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria in 1975. He later did an MA in African Studies and a PhD in Intellectual History, both at the Institute of African and Asian Studies, University of Khartoum, Sudan.

Dr Bugaje also worked with Islam in Africa Organisation (IAO) and taught at the Ahamdu Bello University, Zaria, and University of Maiduguri, Nigeria.

He is a prolific writer on national and international issues, and has published in both academic and non-academic journals and other media.

He was for four years the Political Adviser to the Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, 1999- 2003.

He was elected to represent Kaita/Jibiya Federal Constituency, in House of Representatives from 2003-2007, were he was the Chairman of House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

He is the Founding Chairman of Network for Justice – an advocacy group concerned with promoting civil education, consumer and human rights.

He is also the convener of the Arewa Research and Development Initiative.

He was also one time National Secretary of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).

He is now a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

Dr Bugaje was Conferred the honorary title of Commander of the Order of Civil Merit and Commander of the Order of Independent Equatorial Guinea by the President of Republic of Equatorial Guinea on 26th March 2002.

Usman M Bugaje Distinguished Visitor in African Politics Program of African Studies, Johns Hopkins-SAIS.

For over three decades, Usman Muhammad Bugaje has engaged the Nigerian society through public intellectual participation and civil society.

His career bridges education, political office and civil society.

After completing his Bsc in Pharmacy from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) in 1975, he completed an MA in interdisciplinary social science and, in 1991, his Ph.D. in intellectual history at the University of Khartoum.

His doctoral thesis analyzed the significance of Islamic revivalist movements (Tajdid) for reforming democratic governance in West African states.

During military rule, Bugaje founded and directed Networks for Justice, a grassroots civil society group promoting human rights, democracy and governance reform.

For his anti-military and pro-democracy activities, he was detained in 1998.

During the democratic transition, he played a role in forming the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), Nigeria’s first indigenous electoral monitoring group.

Under Nigeria’s Fifth Republic, Bugaje actively participated in Nigeria’s democratic transition.

He founded the National Development Project, a private think tank advising the then Vice President on economic, educational, industrial and agricultural policies.

He also was a member of the National Boundary Commission, which determined the maritime boundary between Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea and served as Presidential Envoy to Sudan in 2001-02.

After serving first as a Special Advisor on Political Affairs to the Presidency, he was elected to the Federal House of Representatives in 2003, where he lead the House Committee on Foreign Affairs until 2007, when he contested for Governor of Katsina State under the Action Congress (AC).

Subsequently, Bugaje was appointed National Secretary of the Action Congress where he worked to institutionalize democratic reforms and greater participation of women.

The AC is now a pivotal party that has recently merged with four others to form a formidable opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In response to the crisis of governance within the northern states, he is acting as convener of the Arewa Research and Development Project (ARDP), a public policy group that is promoting policies to restore stable governance and stimulate economic renewal in the northern states of Nigeria.

Dr. Bugaje has published over fifty academic articles, book reviews, op-eds and commentaries on topics ranging from the role of shari’a in the Islamic revival and good governance in Nigeria to the rights of Muslim women to reproductive health services.

He has lectured in the USA, UK and the Middle East and serves on the editorial board of a journal sponsored by the International Islamic University of Malaysia.

Today he is refocusing his attention on questions of governance reform and the revival of opportunity for the excluded youth of northern Nigeria.

He is in the second batch of the list of 46 nominees that President Muhammadu Buhari sent their names to the Senate for ambassadorial appointment.


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