Ex-governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, has thrown more light on the circumstances surrounding his failure to complete his first degree programme at the University of Maiduguri.
Kalu, who was pursuing Political Science degree in UNIMAD sometime in the 70’s, did not complete the act before vacating the institution.
On Friday, at the 40th anniversary celebration of the founder of Destiny International Mission, Uyo, where he was the guest of honour, the former governor cited reason he dropped out of the school attributing it to the Ali Must Go riot of students in territory institutions, which was triggered by 50k increase in the cost of meals of undergraduates by the military administration of General Olusegun Obasanjo in 1978.
Insinuating he was an immutable student union activist and partook in the riot, he said, “I refused to go back because they didn’t recall everybody. I had only a month to complete my studies.
“But Prof Jubril Aminu took me as his son; not his boy, but his son, because God was with me.”
The Chief Whip of the Senate representing Abia North also spoke of his perception of the red chamber likened it to life in secondary school.
His word, “When I went to the Senate, I found out that it was a very simple institution. The senators behave like students in secondary school with the Senate President as the class prefect. I don’t want to make noise because I believe in working.”