Activities of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram, has forced over 70 lecturers mostly professors of the University of Maiduguri, Borno state to resign their appointments with the University, thereby creating a vacum in the number of academic staff of the institution.
Dr. Dani Mamman, Chairman of the academic staff union of the university, ASUU, disclosed this in a chat with newsmen, following the attack on some lecturers of the institution among the oil workers ambushed along Magumeri, Gubio road in Borno Yesu, which left about 69 persons dead while three lecturers were also abducted.
Dani Mamman, who called on the Federal Government and the University Authorities to put in place adequate security to protect lives and property of staff and students, said, although closing down the University was the initial thought, it was resisted by the management, which is in the interest of the common good of the people.
He said, as a Union, ASUU, believed that if the demands made to the Federal Government were fulfilled, the idea of closure would not be an option.
"About 70 lecturers left, about five died and three are held hostage by Boko Haram. The admission figure of students have been dropping since insurgency started. We don't know what will happen to the admission of students this year.
"The exit of some lecturers has affected research and learning because some are specialists in their fields. Usually, such exodus affects accreditation of some programmes and courses," he said.