The appointment of chancellors of federal universities outside their location is to promote national unity and cultural endowment, the Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, has said.

Presenting the letter of appointment to Eze Cletus Ilomuanya of Obinugwu, Orlu in Imo State as the Chancellor of Federal University of Birnin-Kebbi, Shekarau said that cross fertilisation of the diverse cultural background of Nigeria was necessary for its development.

A statement signed by Mr Kennedy Eweama, Chief Press Secretary to Ilomunaya yesterday in Owerri, quoted Shekarua as saying

“To ensure a compact synergy amongst Nigeria, the Federal Government resolved that the appointment of chancellors for the 38 federal universities must be given to personalities outside the geographical location of the universities,” he said.

Shekarua explained that the essence of the appointment was for the chancellors to impact positively on the lives of Nigerians other than people from their own immediate constituencies.

“Such synergy would enhance the peace, stability and progress of Nigeria,” he said.

Shekarau described Ilomuanya as a respected and detribalised traditional ruler, noting that he and 37 others were carefully selected for the national assignment.

“Eze Ilomuanya has been in the fore-front of promoting actions that engender peaceful co-existence of the various sections of the country.

“This appointment is an indication of the honour and respect from the Federal Government,” he said.

Responding, Ilomuanya, who doubles as the traditional ruler of Obinugwu and the Chairman of the Imo council of traditional rulers, thanked the Federal Government for the honour.

Ilomunaya, who is also the Chairman of the South East Council of Traditional Rulers, said he would not relent in his effort to ensure a peaceful and united Nigeria.

Shekarau was accompanied on the visit by the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, and the Registrar of the Federal University, Birnin Kebbi, Alhaji Ibrahim Mungadi, among others.