Yet again are the hearts of men heaved by unwelcomed news, the recent death of the Emir of Zazzau.
The V.C. Chancellor, University of Abuja, in his email to this regard conveyed his discontent and condolences:
My dear University Community,
I grief today in announcing with very heavy heart, the passing beyond of His Royal Highness the Emir of Zazzau and Chancellor of the great UofA of Nigeria, Alhaji (Dr.) Shehu Idris, who died at the Military Hospital, Zaria, in the early hours of today. This is more than personal to me because it was not too long ago when he consoled me on the phone on the death of my own mother, Alhaja Bilkis Na'Allah. He was kind, most humane and generous. As Emir, he was the incredible architect of modern Zazzau and without question one of the longest serving Emirs in Northern Nigeria!
The death of our chancellor came to us as a rude shock, especially at this time that we need his strong support in our determination to reshape our dear University to which he was totally committed. He believed in the cause of making the University of Abuja a model University in Nigeria and pledged his readiness to come out and lead the University team to anywhere required to seek for resources to achieve such an ambition.
Ladies and gentlemen, please pray for our dear Chancellor and ask God Almighty to forgive him his sins and accept him into Aljannat Alfirdauz.
I hereby order our campuses in mourning for the next seven days, and I order our flags to be put in half mast. Condolence registers will be opened for people to leave their messages.
Our Pro-Chancellor, Alhaji Sani Maikudi, shall lead an official delegation to pay a condolence message to the people of Zazzau and the Zazzau Emirate Council."
While the effects of a chancellor is in-apparent to students, the community earnestly awaits news for a replacement.
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