AUN with The Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples at York University, Toronto, Canada, is hosting a conference on Boko Haram, Islamic Protest, and National Security.
The Conference is supported by Canada's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
Twenty high-profile academics are attending the conference from North America, Europe, Africa, and Nigeria. These researchers are recipients of a Canadian government Partnership Grant entitled Boko Haram - Islamic Insurgency and National Protest.
At a reception held in the library auditorium on October 27, Vice President for University Relations, Abba Tahir, hailed the team for the quality of their previous work and the expected high-quality research which they have come to undertake at AUN.
“Hosting this conference is timely because of our institution's unique location in the Northeast of Nigeria and due to our deep involvement in a variety of humanitarian work connected to the insurgency and the region.”
In his special remarks, Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, Prof. Muhammadou Kah, said the conference marked the beginning of the betterment of humanity.
“We envision this as the beginning of deeper collaboration and contribution to the understanding of the intricacies and the intrigues of the challenges of the insurgency among other things. We see this as a beginning to work closely to share our best insights and thoughts so that we can contribute to scholarship and the betterment of lives.”
He urged the scholars to see AUN as a home open to researchers.
“I see this as a very important work that will go beyond just a grant, and I can assure you that AUN is committed to working with York University to ensure that things get done.”
Prof Kah commended the Canadian government’s investment in research. “Together we will ensure that we do not only meet our collective objective, but also live up to the trust that is extended to us.”
The research conference will consist of a series of closed academic working groups with top scholars providing insights into the manifestations of Boko Haram and Islamic protest implications for national security.
Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa