The newly appointed Chairman, Governing Board of Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Dr. AbdulLateef AbdulHakeem has said he is not excited about his new assignment.
In his acceptance speech, AbdulHakeem, a former Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, said that he would not celebrate the appointment because he saw it as a ‘trial’ from God and not a success yet.
He warned friends and associates to stop putting pressure on him with requests.
He said: “My appointment and confirmation as NDIC Chairman is a trial from my Lord and not a success yet. Kindly reserve the congratulatory messages until the day I succeed in leaving this organisation better than I met it.
“Stop putting pressures on me with requests. I will not honour your requests. I am going to be very different. I am ready to lose friends and relationships. I will not award any contract throughout my tenure because that is not a part of my responsibilities.
“I will not interfere in the functions of the management. I am not excited about my new office and I am ready to quit if I am asked to leave tomorrow.
“You have no idea what my role entails. I will not take any step to betray my education, experience and exposure. No threat or pressure can recruit me into the stinking system we complain of.
“I am just a leader whose primary assignment is to lead the Governing Board of NDIC in good corporate governance and best practices in accordance with established rules and regulations. I will not do otherwise,” he said.
He promised to be a model for zero tolerance for corruption and lawlessness.
He said: “My job as an Islamic preacher is far better than this trial and for your information, I have not left serving my Lord.”
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