The University of Maiduguri, in Borno State, recently bestowed upon Nigeria’s Vice President, Kashim Shettima, an honorary Doctor of Science (D.Sc) degree.
Retired Justice Sidi Bage Muhammad, the distinguished Chancellor of the University and Emir of Lafia in Nasarawa State, played a pivotal role in the ceremonial proceedings by presiding over the conferment of honors.
In a moment steeped in tradition and academic significance, the Chancellor underscored the conferment of the honorary Doctor of Science (D.Sc) degree upon Nigeria’s Vice President, Kashim Shettima.
The decision to bestow this prestigious accolade was rooted in the profound acknowledgment of Vice President Shettima’s exemplary service not only to the nation but also to the broader spectrum of humanity.
The conferment, guided by the esteemed Chancellor, thus stands as a testament to Vice President Shettima’s enduring commitment to service and his consequential role in shaping the trajectory of not just the university but the broader narrative of societal advancement.
Vice Chancellor, Retired Justice Sidi Bage Muhammad’s involvement in this conferment ceremony further adds to the solemnity and gravitas of the occasion, solidifying the profound significance of honoring individuals who have distinguished themselves through their dedicated service to humanity and the nation.
Apart from Vice President Shettima, the ceremony saw the conferral of honorary degrees upon three other esteemed Nigerians, elevating the event to a pinnacle of recognition and celebration.
The venerable list of honorees includes The Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Garbai, the distinguished Dan Masanin Adamawa, Alhaji Dahiru Bobbo, and the renowned philanthropist, Alhaji Abdul-Samad Rabiu. Each of these eminent personalities was honored with degrees of distinction, specifically honorary doctorates in Laws (LL.D), Letters (D. Litts), and Doctor of Science, respectively.
The ceremonious recognition of these individuals at the convocation adds layers of prestige to their already illustrious profiles, underlining their exceptional contributions to their respective fields and to society at large.
The conferment of diverse honorary degrees signifies a nuanced acknowledgment of the multifaceted accomplishments and influence wielded by The Shehu of Borno, Dan Masanin Adamawa, and the philanthropic endeavors of Alhaji Abdul-Samad Rabiu.
This grand occasion not only celebrates academic excellence but also serves as a platform to pay homage to the diverse realms of achievement and service that these distinguished personalities have exemplified throughout their illustrious careers.
The Vice Chancellor said “University of Maiduguri’s gesture in honoring these individuals resonates with a profound appreciation for their exceptional contributions, encapsulating the spirit of scholarly and societal recognition within the ambit of this monumental convocation.”
The event also marked the appointment of Professors Emeriti, a prestigious recognition accorded to individuals of exceptional academic standing. The newly appointed Professors Emeriti include Professor Abubakar Mustapha, Professor Mohammed Yerima, and Professor Bamidele Badejo.
Expressing gratitude on behalf of the awardees and appointees, Alhaji Dahiru Bobbo conveyed appreciation to the University’s Senate and Management for deeming them worthy of such esteemed awards.
He emphasized the commitment of the recipients to hold the university in high regard, asserting that the conferred degrees would undoubtedly contribute to the enhancement of their future endeavors.
The 24th combined convocation of the University of Maiduguri was a momentous occasion, encompassing graduates from the academic years 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20, and 2020/21, with an impressive total of 33,429 students marking their successful completion of their academic journeys.