In the early morning hours of Monday, January 16, 2017, a bomb exploded at the mosque of the University of Maiduguri, Borno state.
Some students and members of staff had gone to mosque for early morning prayers when the bomb exploded.
This is not the first time a bomb had exploded in Maiduguri, yet despite this, the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) is still one of the most sought after university in Nigeria.
Why is this the case?
Being the first, as well as first conventional university in the north east region, has paved the way for academic excellence locally and internationally.
The academic excellence of the university is one main reason, many continue to troop to it for education.
The 2016/2017 admission session was unique because the number of applicants rose to 46,000 unlike before when insurgency was at the peak, the figure was around 3000 applicants.
Out of the 46, 000, more than 7,000 students were admitted, a number only university of Ilorin in the north can admit.
There are a quite number of prominent personalities who graduated from the institution, they include: Former and serving Abia State Governors, Dr. Urji Uzo Kalu and Victor Ekpaezu.
Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Sani Bello, who studied economics, while ex- minister of the federal capital territory during Jonathan’s administration, Bala Mohammad, also graduated from the university’s English department.
Current Emir of Gombe, Abubakar Shehu Abubakar, is also a graduate of public administration from the institution.
The institution was created in 1975 alongside six other conventional federal universities by the Yakubu Gowon led military government for the need to boost tertiary education in the country.
These Universities include: University of Port Harcourt, University of Calabar, University of Ilorin, Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, Bayero University, Kano and University of Jos, which are often described the second generation universities.
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