UNIABUJA MOURNS DEATH OF ITS CHANCELLOR
The University of Abuja has commiserated with the family of the Chancellor, the Emir of Zazzau, His Highness Alh (Dr.) Shehu Idris CFR, who died on Sunday 20th September 2020 at the age of 84.
It also declared a seven-day mourning period and ordered that flags on campus should be flown at half-mast.
In a condolence message signed by the Head of Information and University Relations, Dr Habib Yakoob, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, said the late Emir would be greatly missed for his leadership acumen and passion for development of education in the country and the University, in particular.
The message read in part, “The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, on behalf of the Governing Council, Senate, Staff and Students of the University of Abuja, commiserates with the family of our dear Chancellor, the Emir of Zazzau, His Highness Alh (Dr.) Shehu Idris CFR.
“Our heart also goes out to the Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, the Zazzau Emirate Council, the entire people of Kaduna State, and Nigerians, on this terrible loss. The death of the Chancellor comes to us as a rude shock especially at this moment that we need his counsel most. We are indeed proud of his great and superb achievements as the first rate Emir of modern Zaria.”
The Vice Chancellor further stated, “The late Emir will always be remembered as a dutiful, very resourceful and committed individual, who believed in the development of education, particularly of our dear University, the University for National Unity, the UofA of Nigeria.”
He added that “During his years of service as our Chancellor, he worked incredibly hard to draw federal and private supports to the University. His total support and contributions, quality advice and superior leadership as our Chancellor of many years will remain indelible. His demonstration of unequal forthrightness, commitment and accountability, transparency and enthusiasm for the growth and development of the country should be emulated by our leaders and well-meaning Nigerians. We are glad that he remained a worthy and accomplished leader till his death.” Professor Na’Allah prayed to Allah to reward the late Emir and Chancellor of the University abundantly, and give the family “the fortitude to bear this great loss.”