By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
The Vice Chancellor of University of Benin (UNIBEN), Prof. Lillian Salami has asked the Federal Ministry of Education to clear the air on the status of Mallam Lamido Sanusi as the Chancellor of the institution.
Lillian disclosed this while responding to inquiry by journalists over the blacklisting of Sanusi from the University’s programme to mark its 50th anniversary and the VC’s one year in office in November, 2020.
Sanuni was not present or send goodwill message – and was neither acknowledge during the VC’s remark at both events.
Besides, Sanusi portrait that was hitherto conspicuous at key offices and at the University’s photos gallery has been removed after he was deposed as Emir of Kano State.
The position of chancellor in federal government-owned Universities is reserved for first Class traditional rulers.
The VC said: “I really don’t have any answer for that. You can asked the federal ministry of education. They are the one who knows whether he was deposed or removed.
“To the best of my knowledge, no letter came to me… I didn’t get any former letter. I will not be able to give a any position.
“I have a very good relationship with him (Sanusi) and I can say that anywhere… Not even as VC, but on a personal level.”
Sanusi was appointed Chancellor of the institution in 2015 by the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
He was however deposed by Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje in March 2020 over “insubordination”.
Our Correspondent investigation revealed that no letter of disengagement has been transmitted to the institution by President Muhammadu Buhari or the federal Ministry of education.
The deposed Emir performed his last official duty as Chancellor during the Convocation/Founder’s Day Ceremonies of the University in November 2019.