Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, weekend, asked former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd) to prevail on past leaders of the country to help curb insurgency rocking the Northern region.
Aliyu, who is the chairman, Northern States Governor’s Forum, NSGF, spoke at the maiden convocation of the state-owned Ibrahim Babangida Badamosi University, Lapai, Niger State.
He expressed the hope that security challenges in the Northern states could be surmounted in the next three months.
Aliyu insisted that with concerted efforts from prominent Nigerians, the unbearable situation in the North would soon be a thing of the past. He said: “I call on Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar to invite Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, to come together and help the North end the scourge of Boko Haram in the next three months”.
The governor also called on students of the university to imbibe the best moral practice, saying that academics were not only about learning but also about morality and character.
He noted: “As young people, you have central role to play in addressing the situation as positive change agents by advocating peace, unity and peaceful coexistence devoid of ethnic and religious sentiments in the society”.
The governor, who is also the visitor to the university, urged tertiary institutions in the country not to limit instructions of students to academics alone.
The chairman of the university endowment fund, Gen. Abubakar, announced that the fund was yielding results.
According to him, the money collected so far was already running into hundreds of millions of Naira, saying that it was kept in a dedicated account awaiting judicious use to develop the institution.
Speaking earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Ibrahim Kolo, said that well over N19 billion had been spent on the university.
The VC also commended the interventions of TETFund and NIMASA whose contribution to the university, he said, could not be over emphasised.