By Felix Khanoba
The University of Abuja (UniAbuja) has expressed shock over the death of its Chancellor and the Emir of Zazzau, His Highness, Alh (Dr.) Shehu Idris.
Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, said the death of the monarch came all of a sudden to the UniAbuja’s community.
The Vice-Chancellor, who commiserates with the monarch’s family and Kaduna State Government, ordered that flags on campus should be flown at half-mast to mourn the late Chancellor.
This was contained in a statement made available to The AUTHORITY in Abuja by spokesman of the University, Habib Yakoob.
The statement read: “Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, on behalf of the Governing Council, Senate, Staff and Students of the University of Abuja, commiserates with the family of our dear Chancellor, the Emir of Zazzau, His Highness Alh (Dr.) Shehu Idris CFR, who died on Sunday 20th September 2020 at the age of 84.
“Our heart also goes to the Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, the Zazzau Emirate Council, the entire people of Kaduna State, and Nigerians, on this terrible loss.
“The death of the Chancellor comes to us as a rude shock especially at this moment that we need his counsel most. We are indeed proud of his great and superb achievements as the first rate Emir of modern Zaria.
“The late Emir will always be remembered as a dutiful, very resourceful and committed individual, who believed in the development of education, particularly of our dear University, the University for National Unity.
“During his years of service as our Chancellor, he worked incredibly hard to draw federal and private support to the University. His total support and contributions, quality advice and superior leadership as our Chancellor of many years will remain indelible.
“His demonstration of unequal forthrightness, commitment and accountability, transparency and enthusiasm for the growth and development of the country should be emulated by our leaders and well-meaning Nigerians. We are glad that he remained a worthy and accomplished leader till his death.
“The Vice-Chancellor has in the spirit of this bereavement declared mourning and ordered that flags on campus should be flown at half-mast.”