The President of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Alumni Association, Dr Ahmed Tijani has identified insecurity, religious intolerance, extremism and violence as the bane confronting the development of the country presently and has called for Nigerians to be united in its fight against all social ills.
Dr Tijani stated this during a press briefing held to herald the National Lecture and Dinner/Award Ceremony of the ABU alumni association scheduled to take place on April 23, 2016 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
According to him, “Arguably, the worst challenge confronting us today and which also threatens the very fabric of our nationhood is the challenge of insecurity, religious intolerance, extremism, violence etc. This forum which is part of the association’s contribution to the developmental initiatives of the Federal Government shall provide a veritable prospect for us too collectively direct our productive efforts in dealing with all divisive elements in Nigeria and other vulnerable social ills.”
He added that as the largest University in West Africa and having the largest membership of over 800 thousand members in its alumni association, the university sets the example of a community of diverse cultures and ethnic groups.
“We pride ourselves in having the largest and the most diverse on campus in terms of student enrolment and staff list. There is no local government that is not represented among the staff list of ABU the same thing with the student population,” he said.