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The Vice Chancellor of Cross River State University of Technology (CRUTECH), Prof Anthony Owan Enoh, has called for peace and unity amongst Nigerians, irrespective of tribe or religion.

He urged Nigerians not to make utterances capable of tearing the country apart, but focus on ideas that would bring development to the country.

Enoh, who made the call in Calabar during a public lecture to mark the 80th birthday of pioneer vice chancellor of CRUTECH, Prof Kelvin Ogon Etta, said the unity of the country was sacrosanct and not negotiable, adding: “Disunity only divides us and dissipates our energy and resources, instead of converting these into ingredients of development.”

He called on Nigerians to follow the footsteps of the founding fathers, who fought tirelessly to keep the country as one united indivisible entity, notwithstanding the ethno-religious and cultural affinities.

Speaking on the theme, ‘Dialectics of university and development in Nigeria,’ in honour of the pioneer VC, Enoh charged the religious, academic and political leaders to rise up to the challenge of rescuing the country from imminent collapse, warning that if something was not urgently done to salvage the situation, things might get out of hand.

He wondered where the country got it all wrong, when the likes of the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Alhaji Tafa Balewa never attached themselves to ethnicity.

He called on the National University Commission (NUC) not to be concerned only with matters of quality and curriculum, but also include foundational issues of unity, saying: “Beginning with appointment of vice chancellors, measures should be put in place to prevent their appointments from states where each university is located.


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