Friday, March 5, 2021

Dutsinma university shut to avert religious crisis


Jaafar Jaafar
A graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief o Daily Nigerian
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By Mustapha Usman

The Federal University, Dutsin-ma in Katsina State has been shut, following clash between Muslim and Christian students.

The university has been volatile since inception, with the pioneer vice chancellor, James Ayatse, facing accusations of favoring Christians in filling academic and non-academic vacancies.

Trouble started in the university on Friday when the reinstated vice chancellor Haruna Kaita attempted to resume office on Friday after securing a court order.

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Mr Kaita, a professor, was suspended by the Governing Council of the university over allegations of financial mismanagement of the university’s funds and dubious awards of contracts.

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After challenging his suspension in court, the court, to the consternation of the council, ordered that he be reinstated.

But the interim chairman of the Academic Staff Union of the Universities, ASUU, Samuel Zumve, allegedly mobilised some Christian students from the Department of Sociology to protest his return.

Angered by the situation, the Muslim students in the university allegedly staged a counter-protest that brought academic activities to a halt.

Subsequently, the senate ordered for the closure of the university in an internal memo signed by the chairman of the senate, A.H. Bichi.

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Efforts to get the reaction of Mr Zumve were unsuccessful as he neither picked DAILY NIGERIAN call nor responded to text message sent to him.

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