- Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi state has offered Professor Augustine Nwagbara employment
- Professor Nwagbara was sacked by a Ghanaian university where he was on sabbatical for criticising the maltreatment of Nigerians in the country
- The VC of Alex Ekwueme Federal University organised a grand home-coming reception for the Nwagbara where he offered him the opportunity to complete his sabbatical at the university
Augustine Nwagbara, a Nigerian professor who was sacked by a Ghanaian university for his comments on Nigerians’ maltreatment in Ghana, has been offered an employment by a Nigerian university.
Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi state, on Wednesday, August 7, offered Nwagbara employment, Premium Times reports.
Recall that Nwagbara was in June sacked by the University of Education, Winneba, where he was on sabbatical, after video of him addressing an informal meeting of Nigerians in Ghana went viral on social media.
Professor Nwagbara was seen in the video lambasting the authorities for maltreating Nigerians in Ghana and urged his colleagues to employ the Nigerian media to take up the fight.
The Ghanaian authorities and the university, however, described the video as inciting and a threat to peace.
Nwagbara was arrested and interrogated by the Ghanaian Police Service over the viral video but was later released.
The vice-chancellor of AE-FUNAI, Chinedum Nwajiuba, organised a grand home-coming reception for the professor where he offered him the opportunity to complete his sabbatical at the university.
Nwajiuba alongside other senior staff of the university, at the reception held at the vice-chancellor’s Conference Room, assured Nwagbara of his support.
He promised to do everything possible to make his stay in AE-FUNAI comfortable and remarkable.
“We need to get back our pride, we are great people and you are an enviable example,” the vice chancellor said.
He said the young university needs serious-minded people like Nwagbara and urged him to leave the University of Lagos and stay permanently in AE-FUNAI.
“You must believe in something, stand on what you believe,” Nwajiuba added.
The VC said the university community was proud of Nwagbara and was glad to welcome him in its midst.
Also speaking at the gathering, the deputy vice chancellor (administration), Philip Omoke, told the gathering that it was the kind of reception to give to a hero and an achiever.
In his reaction, Nwagbara, visibly excited, said he was proud to be in AE-FUNAI and a Nigerian.
He relayed his ordeal in Ghana after making the video about the education system in Ghana and the place of Nigeria academia there and in the West Africa sub-region and the video went viral
Nwagbara asked to be given opportunity while in the university to tell Nigerians what they can gain by promoting their education system.
He promised to show gratitude to the university by organising a public lecture this year that would be made a media event.
Legit.ng previously reported that Professor Nwagbara, paid a courtesy visit on Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM).
Nwagbara also narrated his ordeal to Dabiri-Erewa, according to a statement by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, head of the media unit of the commission.
He added that the video of him that went viral on the social media where he was said to be inciting Nigerians against Ghana was doctored and painted in such a way to blackmail him.
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