Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, UNIMAID, Abubakar Njodi, has vowed that the university will not close down in spite of Monday’s bomb blasts that led to the death of a professor and at least three others.
The VC was speaking when the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Lucky paid him a condolence visit on Monday.
Njodi said that though he could get the University Senate to close down the school on account of insecurity, doing so would mean that the terrorists have achieved their aim.
He insisted that going ahead with the school’s activities will also boost the morale of the troops who have been working hard to rid the state of terrorist elements.
The VC said: “I can convince the senate, the management and the university community to close the school to save lives.
“But if we do that, we are not helping because we have to give the security our maximum support and our support is not to join them in the battle field.
“If we run away, that means there is nobody they should be fighting for. We should stay and resolve it, after all the war is about us, western education.
“If we stay, the terrorists will be frustrated because that is their aim.”
Njodi said the University should have commenced its exams on Monday but had postponed it so that the army could carry out its investigations and tell us next the next line of action to take.
He added however that “we will continue with our examinations tomorrow.”
The VC also appealed to the military to beef up security in and around the university to guard against future occurrence.
The army commander, Irabor condoled with the Vice Chancellor on the death of Aliyu Mani, a professor of Veterinary Medicine, who died in Monday’s early morning attack, as well as others that sustained injuries.
Irabor maintained that “there is frustration in the Boko Haram camp” adding that “they have tried severally to bring sorrows and pain to the university and the rest of the communities and have failed.”
He called on the people to “continue with their normal life to let the Boko Haram know they have failed” urging everyone not to fear but remain alert as the recent attacks “is a clear sign that the end of Boko Haram has come.”