East Carolina University has denied appointing Abdullahi Ganduje, the Governor of Kano State as a visiting professor.
ECU said the letter Mr Ganduje got from a member of its faculty was unauthorised by the appropriate officials.
The university stated its official stance in a letter sent to the Kano governor.
The spokesperson of the governor, Abba Anwar, had before now told journalists in Kano on Tuesday that the governor’s appointment was contained in a letter sent to him by the school through Victor Mbarika, a lecturer of International Center for IT and Development at East Carolina University College of Business on November 30.
The university confirmed that Mr Mbarika was its faculty member but said he had no authority to make such appointment.
Mr Ganduje was said to have been selected due to his “accomplishment in good governance and genuine investment in human capital development.”
The governor’s spokesperson also quoted the letter as saying that “Ganduje’s choice is a depiction of close monitoring of his achievements as a governor in the last couple of years. Which eventually earned him global recognition and commendation.”
“You have been a source of motivation to the Nigerian youths both at home and in the diaspora at large. We are amazed at your accomplishments both as the Executive Governor of Kano State, Nigeria; Fellow, National Association of Educational Administration and Planning, Nigeria; and your investment in Human Capital Development.
“Looking at your academic, administrative, and overall leadership record in Nigeria and Africa, you fit perfectly in East Carolina University’s goal to remain a leading research and teaching institution in the United States and beyond”, the statement quoted the letter as saying.