The University of Abuja has sympathized with the family of its Chancellor, the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji, Dr.vShehu Idris, who died today, September 20 at the age of 84.
In a condolence message on behalf of the institution’s Governing Council, Senate, Staff and Students, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, condoled with the Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, the Zazzau Emirate Council, the people of Kaduna State and Nigerians.
“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.”
In a statement by the institution’s spokesman, Dr Habib Yakoob, said that the late Emir would 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.”
The statement recalled that during his years of service as 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.”
The statement said that the Vice-Chancellor has, in the spirit of this bereavement, declared mourning and ordered that flags on campus should be flown at half mast
The Vice Chancellor prayed that Allah in his infinite mercies, reward him abundantly and give the family the fortitude to bear this great loss.