Nnamdi Azikiwe University Adjusts Convocation Date Over IPOB Threat


May 22, 2024

The Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) has announced a change in date for its 18th convocation ceremony, originally scheduled for May 30 and 31, 2024. The new date is now May 31, 2024. This adjustment comes after the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) threatened to disrupt the ceremony, claiming May 30 as “Biafra Day” in the Southeast.

However, the university authorities have denied that the change in date was due to IPOB’s threat. According to Dr. Emma Ojukwu, Special Adviser on Special Duties and Media to the Vice Chancellor, the real reason for the adjustment is the federal government’s appointment of new Governing Council members, who will be inaugurated in Abuja on May 30.

The university management explained that they will be present at the inauguration in Abuja, making it necessary to reschedule the convocation ceremony to avoid any conflicts. All activities, including the award of degrees and the convocation lecture, will now take place on May 31, 2024.

While the university has downplayed the IPOB threat, sources close to the institution reveal that the management took the warning seriously, given the group’s history of disruptive activities. The adjustment in date is seen as a precautionary measure to avoid any potential unrest and ensure a peaceful convocation ceremony.

As the university prepares for the big day, graduands and guests are advised to take note of the new date and disregard any other information not emanating from the university. Despite the change, the university management has assured that all activities will go ahead as planned, and necessary arrangements have been made to ensure a successful convocation ceremony.

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