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Echoes of Ethnic Moves as Buhari Sacks 12 VCs Appointed By Jonathan, Picks New Ones, 4 of Them from Kano

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday night sacked the Vice Chancellors of 12 federal universities established by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He appointed new ones, four of which are from Kano, the commercial nerve centre of the North.

Also sacked was the Vice Chancellor of the National Open University, Prof. Vincent Tenebe.

The sack of the Vice Chancellors was contained in a statement on Saturday by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu.

The statement by Adamu also announced the replacement for the sacked Vice Chancellors.

A former Head of  Department of International Relations at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, who was said to be on sabbatical in NOUN, is the new Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

While the Federal University, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State has Prof. Auwal Yadudu of the Faculty of Law, Bayero University, Kano as its new VC, Prof. Fatima Batoul Muktar of the Department of Biology, North West University, Kano is the VC of Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State.

A lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Prof. Haruna Abdu Kaita, is the new VC of Federal University, Dutsin Ma, Katsina State, while Prof. Andrew Haruna of the Department of Linguistics, University of Jos will now function as the VC of the Federal University, Gashua, Yobe State.

While another lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy, ABU, Zaria, Prof. Magaji Garba, will now be VC in Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara State, Prof. Alhassan Mohammed Gani of the Institute of Maritime Studies, Federal University, Kashere in Gombe State has been elevated to the position of VC in the same University.

A lecturer in the Department of Physics, Federal University, Lafia, Prof. Muhammad Sanusi Liman, will henceforth be VC of the same institution.

For Prof. Angela Freeman Miri of the Linguistics Department, UNIJOS, her new portfolio is the Federal University, Lokoja, where she will now be VC.

The Federal University, Ndifu-Alike, Ebonyi State now has Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba of the Post-Graduate School, Imo State University, Owerri as its VC, while Prof. Seth Accra Jaja of the Department of Management, University of Port Harcourt is now the VC of Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State.

Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu of the Department of Mass Communication, Bayero University, Kano is to replace Tenebe at NOUN.

The Vice Chancellors who were also affected by the sack apart from Tenebe are Prof. Mobolaji E. Aluko (Otuoke, Bayelsa), Prof. Jibril Amin (Dutse Jigawa), Prof. James Ayatse (Dutsin-Ma, Katisina), Prof. Mohammed Farouk (Kashere, Gombe) and Prof. Ekanem Braide (Lafia, Nasarawa).

Also affected were Prof. Abdulmumini Rafindadi (Lokoja, Kogi), Prof. Oye Ibidapo-Obe (Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi), Prof. Isaac Asuzu (Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti), Prof. Geoffrey Okogbaa (Wukari, Taraba), Prof. Lawal Suleiman Bilbis (Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi, Prof. Ben Chuks Okeke (Gusau, Zamfara) and Prof. Shehu Abdulrahman (Gasua, Zamfara).

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