By Dirisu Yakubu
THE University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) Alumni Association has said it would visit families of those killed and kidnapped by the Boko Haram insurgents at the end of its dinner, award and fundraising event slated for 11th of November 2017 in Abuja.
Addressing a press conference, Chairman, Organizing Committee, UNIMAID Alumni Association Dinner and Award Night, Mr. Sunny Monidafe, said the event will reunite products of the university churned out over the years, noting that it would afford the family the opportunity to brainstorm on important issues concerning the state of affairs of the university.
He noted that the challenges posed by the long years of Boko Haram campaign would be highlighted, regretting that over the years, the university suffered untold hardship as a result of acts of terrorism.
Monidafe, who lamented the death of some lecturers at the university in the hands of Boko Haram insurgents, pledged the readiness of the association to assist the families left behind by the departed colleagues, even as he commended the federal government for rising up to the challenge.
He said, “The gathering is to enable us meet, relax and highlight the current state of the university. We’ll also discuss the plight of the family of those killed and kidnapped by the Boko Haram sect. At the end of the event, the association will visit the families of those killed or kidnapped, with a view to rendering one form of assistance or the other. It is not just a celebration of a union but an avenue to talk about insurgency and its attendant challenges.”
On the fate of the lecturers abducted a few months ago, Mr. Monidafe declined comment, saying only the security agencies have enough information to speak on the matter.
He also explained that from 2018, the association would be holding annual lecture series where topical issues affecting the health of UNIMAID in particular and the nation in general would be discussed with a view to proffering solutions to them.
The November gathering according to him will have in attendance the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Burutai, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, all alumni of the University of Maiduguri.
Also expected at the re-union are Okezie Ikpeazu, Sani Bello and Kashim Shettima, Executive Governors of Abia, Niger and Borno States respectively, all of whom graduated from the university at one time or the other.
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