The Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), Abubakar Njodi, said that the institution will not close in spite Monday’s bomb blasts by Boko Haram insurgents that killed a professor and at least three others.
The VC disclosed this on Monday in Maiduguri, when the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole of the Nigerian Army, Lucky Irabor, paid him a sympathy visit, News Agency reports.
He said, “I can convince the senate, the management and the university community to close the school to save lives,” the don said.
“But if we do that, we are not helping because we have to give the security our maximum support and our support is not to join them in the battle field.
“If we run away, that means there is nobody they should be fighting for. We should stay and resolve it after all the war is about us, western education.
“If we stay, the terrorists will be frustrated because that is their aim. What is the point of fighting for us if we run? We should stand our ground so that the military will be proud that the people they are fighting for are on ground.
“Therefore, our decision is not to close the university. We want to assure you our theatre commander, the university remains open and we will continue with our examinations tomorrow. We suspended the exams for today because we want the military to come and access what happened,” he added
Mr. Njodi, who noted that he came to the sympathise with the UNIMAID community on the death of a professor, Aliyu Mani, and others who died as a result of the suicide bomb attack, appealed to the military to beef up security in the outskirts of the university to forestall future occurrence.