The late paramount ruler of the Igala kingdom in Kogi State, has been announced as one of the 42 Royal Fathers appointed for universities by the Federal Government.
Recall that HRH Michael Ameh Oboni II passed on barely a year ago, and the Kingdom has not been able to announce a successor.
However, at a media briefing in Abuja, the Federal Government announced the Attah Igala as the appointed Chancellor of Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State.
Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu said “Mr President has, following the establishment of additional Universities, approved the appointment and/or reassignment of Chancellors to forty-two (42) Federal Universities.
“The exercise is intended to also replace deceased Chancellors of some Federal Universities.
“As Royal Fathers, these Chancellors are expected to be the moral compass of the various universities to which they are assigned.
“They have been taken from their kingdoms and primary constituencies to other kingdoms and these appointments are expected to play a role in cementing relationships between communities in the country.
“Let me reiterate that the Chancellors shall be presented to the University Community at an investiture ceremony to be organized by the university for the purpose; or during the next convocation ceremony when the investiture will precede the conferment of degrees at the convocation.”
Other appointees include Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, Oba (Dr) Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, Alafin of Oyo; and amongst others.