Kaduna — The Zazzau emirate donated the vast land that the two campuses of Ahmadu Bello University were erected 50 years ago as the emirate's contribution to the development of education in the north and the country at large, Wazirin Zazzau, Alhaji Ibrahim Aminu said yesterday.
Speaking as Royal Father of the day during the National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies (NBAIS) celebration of ABU at 50, Alhaji Aminu said the position of Zaria as a centre of learning had made a lot of contribution to the achievements that ABU had recorded.
"I wish to mention that it is Zazzau emirate that provided the vast land where ABU main campus and the Institute of Administration are located free for the sake of development of education in the north. It is equally pertinent to mention that the historical vantage position of Zaria as the centre of learning and northern Nigerian politics and administration has contributed immensely to the progress of Ahmadu Bello University academically and administratively," Alhaji Aminu said.
Also speaking, Professor RD Abubakre of the University of Ilorin said one of the major legacies that the late Sardauna of Sokoto had left behind is the support he gave for the development of Arabic and Islamic Studies, which subsequently gave birth to NBAIS.
The Secretary of the NBAIS, Professor Shafi'u Abdullahi, said his Board has organised the public lecture as their contribution to the ABU at 50 celebrations, saying that the university is giving all the necessary support that NBAIS requires.