How we resisted Boko Haram, attempts to close UNIMAID – VC, Prof Shugaba

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University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) Vice Chancellor, Professor Aliyu Shugaba, has revealed how the institution has managed to remain open despite Boko Haram attacks in Borno State.

Shugaba credited the resilience of the management, security agencies, hunters, vigilante groups and government support for safety on and off campus.

The don spoke on Thursday in Abuja at the office of Image Merchants Promotions Limited (IMPR), Publishers of PRNigeria and Economic Confidential.

The Professor of Biochemistry disclosed that UNIMAID also fortified its perimeter fence and sensitized all staff and students on security measures.

Shugaba said even when a Professor of Veterinary Medicine was killed in 2017 by suicide bombing, the university was not shut so that evil does not triumph.

He recalled how a Minister of Education visited Maiduguri to close the school but was resisted as undergraduates and workers chose to defy the challenges.

“We had about 40,000 student population that time and all the roads leading out of the city had either been shut for fear of Boko Haram or taken over by the elements.

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“The only one working that time, the Maiduguri-Yobe-Kano road, still contained a lot of Boko Haram threats.

“Where and to whom are we releasing these 40000 students if we chose to shut? If we did, the insurgents could have either harmed or taken and turned them to terrorists.

“So, we decided to stay in school to protect them and continued our activities of teaching, learning and research.

“Right now, we have so much inculcated resistance into our students that if they hear bomb blasts, they laugh it off and call it ring tunes. We are not afraid of Boko Haram at all.

“We have instituted a smooth transition process in a way that if the present VC is killed, there is an immediate successor who also has a successor that will take over the mantle of leadership”, Shugaba revealed.

He said the Boko Haram challenge led to the UNIMAID improvement as the school now has the best department for studying Violent Extremism and a Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies.

In his remarks, Shuaib, thanked Shugaba and his team for the great job of keeping the university running in the face of life-threatening dangers.

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