Nigeria’s 1st Emeritus Prof., Umaru Shehu dies at 97
A renowned professor of medicine, Umaru Shehu is dead
His death was announced by Borno Elders Forum, in a statement.
The statement said he died Monday morning at the age of 97.
“We regret to announce the demise of our founding father of both Kanem Borno Historical and Cultural Foundation (KBHCF) – Professor Emeritus Umar Shehu, CFR.
“The late Shehu himself, Shettima Monguno, and Maina Damchida were the founding fathers of the Borno Elders Forum, all the three have now left us, he was the last of the titans, May Allah have mercy upon them.
‘’Professor Emeritus Umar Shehu died this morning. Aged 97, he left behind his immediate family and all of us in Nigeria. His burial comes up at his residence, GRA Maiduguri, at 5 pm today”, the statement said
Prof. Shehu was born in Maiduguri on 8 December 1930 in the then Borno province (now Borno state) North-Eastern Nigeria.
Umaru ShehuUntil his death, Professor Umaru Shehu held several positions including Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nigeria Nsukka, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor at ABU Zaria, and held the esteemed role of Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council at both Bayaro University Kano and University of Lagos.
He also served as the Sole Administrator of University of MAIDUGURI among many other significant contributions to the academic community.
He attended elementary school in Maiduguri from 1935 to 1940, followed by middle school from 1941 to 1943. From 1944 to 1947, he studied at Kaduna College in Zaria and then proceeded to University College Ibadan from 1948 to 1953.
He also spent time at the University of Liverpool in two separate periods, between 1953 and 1956, and again from 1966 to 1967. He obtained his medical degree from the University of London.
In 1957, after completing his medical education, Prof. Shehu began working as a pre-registration house surgeon at the Southport Infirmary in the United Kingdom. Later that same year, he returned to the Government of Northern Nigeria and served as a pre-registration house physician.