Adebayo Shittu, the immediate-Past Minister of Communications, who was accused of not having the required one year mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), discharged certificate said he was shocked his name was not included on President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial list.
Shitu, the former governorship aspirant of the ruling party in Oyo State was disqualified for skipping the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
The embattled former minister of the APC revealed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria, saying that he did not expect that he would not be reappointed, but as a Muslim, he took it as his fate.
Recall that the Senate President Ahmad Lawan had on July 23 read out the names of 43 ministerial nominees sent by President Buhari to the lawmakers for confirmation.
While the list contained 14 former ministers, 29 new names and 7 females, 18 ex-ministers did not make the list, including Shittu.
“Of course, I expected that I will be reappointed (as minister) but when it didn’t happen, as a Muslim, it didn’t take me five minutes before I accepted what has come, it’s the will of God.
“And I have also found comfort in a Quranic verse when God promised that what is to come later is better than what is with you now.
“So for me, it says we must accept that there is always something better with God which he gives to his beloved, and “I see myself as a beloved of God.
“I have come a long way and I have served at the state and national levels and the experience that I have garnered over the last three and half years cannot be purchased from the stores or from the market,” he said.
He said as public officer, one must always have it in one’s mind that “whatever has a beginning will necessarily have an end.”
“And it is not how long one stays in public office but how well you are able to distinguished yourself,” he said.
The ex-minister, who is a legal practitioner, said he had decided to fall back to his profession.
“I want to thank God that I am one politician who has a second address in the sense that, if I am not a minister, I will be doing some other productive things which will also contribute to national development.
“Of course, I would have wished that I have other opportunities to serve. I believe the chapter of my public service is not closed. “By the grace of God, I will continue to be relevant in national development.
“As a lawyer of about 40 years, I now have my chambers opened in Abuja. So now, I am back in practice,” he said.