Given the state of insecurity in the North Eastern part of the country, some parents, who stormed the main campus of the American University of Nigeria (AUN), a private university located in Yola, Adamawa State, have explained why they enrolled their children in the institution.
The parents, who insisted that there was no cause to worry about as Yola was peaceful and the university was not under any threat of insecurity, however, said the institution was safe with adequate security apparatus put in place by the management.
According to them, security challenge as result of Boko Haram insurgency is not as terrible as some people have erroneously believed and painted the area to be. The parents were at the university to attend the Fall 2017 Convocation and Pledge Ceremony of their children, which took place at the Lamido Aliyu Musdafa Commencement Hall, where about 400 fresh undergraduates and postgraduate students admitted to the university for 2019, 2021 and 2022 Classes.
One of the parents, and a veteran Nollywood Actor, Mr. Olu Jacobs, who said the initial plans was to seek admission in abroad for his son for university education, due to the crises bedeviling the Nigerian education system, described AUN as ideal university with serene, secured environment, well-equipped facilities and equipment to offer the right knowledge. “We had option to send our son to university abroad, but it is most agonising sending these young children to other countries, which influence their ways of life, culture and belief system at the long run,” he added.
The Nollywood Actor, who was accompanied to the event by his wife, another veteran Actress, Mrs. Joke Jacobs, lauded the establishment of private universities, saying the institutions were set up by serious and well-organised private sector.
Also, a parent, Mr. Alaye Eremie, Project Facilitator of Salvation Network International, said: “The security challenges we have been hearing in the past in the state, and Yola, in particular, is totally different from what we see now.” Echoing the views of Olu Jacobs, he said ordinarily his wife had wanted to send their son to abroad, but since this university with staff and student mix is here and that practice of sending these teenagers to overseas at that young age, should be discouraged, we had to bring him here.
Alaye, who pointed out that Yola is not under security threat, stressed: “People made it as if Yola is a war zone and no go area for other Nigerians, as media had projected it. The duo frowned over the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which had in the last three weeks paralysed academic activities in the ivory towers, saying such has gone a long way in lowering the prestige of Nigerian public universities.