By Peter Okutu
ABAKALIKI—The Alake of Egbaland, His Royal Majesty, Oba Michael Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo was yesterday installed as the first Chancellor of the Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo, FUNAI.
The monarch was installed by President Muhammadu Buhari, represented by Prof A. I. Essien during the 4th Matriculation ceremony of the institution at Ikwo local government area of Ebonyi State.
Speaking after his conferment, the monarch who thanked President Buhari for finding him worthy of such appointment charged the students to shun cultism and other vices.
“I urge you to shun social vices and be law-abiding and serious minded in your studies, because those who do not read are to be pitied than those who cannot read.
“Who you are today and where you will be in the next 25 years is directly proportional to your reading habits, the relationship you cultivate with others and your closeness to God”.
The monarch commended President Buhari for his passionate efforts to rid the country of insecurity, corruption and unemployment.
“I urge all Nigerians to give Buhari’s government full support in its drive to return the country to the path of progress,” he added.
“We hope to liase with the concerned levels of government and stakeholders to ensure that the needful is done”, he promised.
Also, the Vice Chancellor, Prof Oye Ibidapo-Obe Commended the Pressident for his foresightedness in choosing the Monarch as the Chancellor of the institution.
“He is indeed a foremost Royal Father, a man of impeccable credentials well versed in governance, entrepreneurship, interpersonaal relationship, and. Diplomatic meandering; all key qualities vital to achieving more success for FUNAI”.
“FUNAI needs such a man with towering credentials and intimidating presence.”
The institution matriculated 1098 students with a charge to them to shun cultism.