Following reports in a section of the media, that expatriates are leaving the American University of Nigeria (AUN), because of the State of Emergency imposed on Adamawa State, the University has dismissed as inaccurate a story in two national newspapers.
According to AUN’s President, Margee Ensign, “Governor Murtala Nyako’s comments in the story are completely inaccurate. Not only are we running our regular summer school with very high attendance, no faculty member or staff has left AUN because of the state of emergency.
“Over 4,000 people, including the Ambassadors of the United States, the European Union, Rwanda and Ireland, attended our 5th commencement ceremony on May 11th, three days before the state of emergency was announced. We are also continuing our important development work in the community in literacy, IT and with the Adamawa Peacemakers Initiative that the University founded in January 2012.”
Also, in a statement signed by Abubakar Abba Tahir, Assistant Vice-President, PR and Communications, AUN’s 5th Commencement ceremony attracted over 4,000 guests, which included four globally distinguished diplomats and an accomplished American journalist, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, who served as Commencement Speaker.
The diplomats included: US Ambassador Terrence McCulley, EU Ambassador David Macrae, Irish Ambassador Patrick Fay, and High Commissioner Joseph Habineza of Rwanda whose country has 17 scholarship students at AUN.