The University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria has produced five governors and two deputy governors from the 2019 general elections.
A statement by Abubakar Abba Tahir, PhD, President of the Adamawa State Chapter of the University’s Alumni Association that announced the feat, listed the governors as Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State, Senator Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, Professor Umara Zullum of Borno State, and the Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State.
He said further that Dr. Hadiza Balarabe took the oath of office as the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State and Hon. Usman Khadafu as the Deputy Governor of Borno State.
Dr. Abba Tahir, said in the press statement issued in Yola that seven governors and deputies was unprecedented.
“UNIMAID has achieved an uncommon record. This demonstrates the cohort of talented people being produced by the institution in all fields over the years,” he stressed, pointing out that the University had earned the reputation of being “a convergence and confluence center stage for a broad variety of critically needed competencies including governance skills.”
Tahir also observed that the performance of UNIMAID alumni in this political dispensation has justified the institution’s trademark slogan that says, “If you want to be made, come to UNIMAID. If you are already made or are half done, UNIMAID can make you better.”
He implored UNIMAID graduates to continue to demonstrate the highest standards of service to community and country in their areas of expertise.
UNIMAID, a second-generation university, was founded in 1975. Over the years, it has outpaced its peers in teaching, research, community service, alumni accomplishments, and more.
President Tahir appealed to all the five governors, two deputy governors, and all other well-placed alumni to reconnect and launch an alumni fund to support the institution’s capital projects campaign. He said this would ensure sustainability and future prosperity of UNIMAID.
“The best set of leaders and stake owners for any university are its own graduates. Therefore, UNIMAID alumni should never stand aloof of their great citadel of learning, from where they were made into what they have grown to become today, ever busy impacting lives in a broad range of ways.”