Greenfield University, Kaduna State, has appointed the Emir of Zazzau, Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, as its pioneer Chancellor.

The appointment is coming one year after it was attacked by bandits and scores of its students killed and some kidnapped.

It is also part of the university’s preparation for its maiden graduation in 2023.

The management, led by the Founder and Pro-Chancellor, Engr. Simon Ifediora Nwakacha, presented Bamalli’s appointment letter to him yesterday at his palace in Zaria.

Receiving the appointment, Bamalli called for the establishment of more universities in the country to meet Nigerian’s demand for quality education.

The emir, who lamented the insecurity in Nigeria, said: “I commiserate with the founder and management of the university over the happening of last year which was really disheartening. We pray that Allah continue to protect us all from these happenings.

“This is not the same country we use to know, which was very peaceful and safe for people to. We pray to Allah to protect us all against this banditry and other challenges.”

While thanking the varsity for the appointment, Bamalli expressed delight that the university has grown in student population four times than it was.

“This is remarkable and it is an indication that there is a lot to be done. We need more universities in Nigeria than what we have at the moment, and I can say proudly that being a private university located in Kaduna, you have gotten a good location considering the cost of living and transportation that are very high in other climes…”

Nwakacha, while presenting the letter to Bamalli, recalled that bandits attacked the university’s main campus last year, killing five 300 level students and a porter. This forced the school to relocate to its city campus inside Kaduna town.

He said: “By next year, we will be graduating the first set of our students and part of the process is that we should appoint a Chancellor who will, among other functions, preside over the graduation ceremony…”