The Vice Chancellor of University of Benin (UNIBEN), Prof. Lillian Salami on Monday asked the Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja to clear the air on the status of Mallam Lamido Sanusi as the Chancellor of the institution.
Lillian made the claim while responding to inquiry by journalists over the blacklisting of Sanusi from the university’s program to mark its 50th anniversary and the VC one year in office.
Sanuni was conspicuously absent and was neither represented or acknowledge during all the activities to mark last month’s 50th Founders day/first year anniversary of the Vice-Chancellor.
Besides a trip round the University campuses revealed that Sanusi’s portraits that were hitherto displayed were nowhere to be found unlike those of others before him.
The position of chancellor in Federal Government-owned universities is reserved for first class traditional rulers. Sanusi was appointed Chancellor of the institution in 2015 as Emir of Kano before his deposition by the Kano State government in March 2020.
But responding to the development, the UNIBEN VC said: “I really don’t have any answer for that. You can asked the Federal Ministry of Education. They are the ones who knows whether he was deposed or removed. To the best of my knowledge; no letter came to me…I didn’t get any formal letter. I will not be able to give any position”.
She said, “I have a very good relationship with him (Sanusi) and I can say that anywhere… Not even as VC, but on a personal level.”
The deposed emir performed his last official duty as Chancellor during the Convocation/Founders Day Ceremonies of the University in November 2019.