Forty-two Traditional rulers have bagged appointments as Chancellors and pro-chancellors of some federal universities and inter-university centres.
According to Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education, their appointments were in line with establishing new universities and replacing deceased chancellors.
The Ooni of Ife, HRM, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi, Ojaja II was appointed as the Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
The Minister noted that President Muhammadu Buhari appointed the Ooni Of Ife and other Traditional rulers with the optimism that they would be the moral compass. Adamu added that the appointments would also play a role in cementing relationships between communities in the country.
List of the traditional rulers the institutions they are assigned to.
1. The Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe Aladesanmi (Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi).
2. The Obi of Onitsha, Obi Ofala Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe (Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria).
3. The Alake of Egbaland, HRM Oba Aremu Gbadebo. Alake of Egbaland (Alex Ekwueme University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State)
4. Oba of Benin, HM, Oba Ewuare 11 (Bayero University, Kano)
5. Ibenanawei of Bomo Kingdom, HRM King W.S. Joshua Igburugburu (Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State)
6. Asagba of Asaba, HRM Professor Joseph Chike Edozien (Federal University Gashua, Yobe)
7. Isu-Oha I of Ohaisu Kingdom, HRH Engr. Arc. Ezeogo Ewa Elechi (Federal University, Gusau Zamfara)
8. The Uka of Wukari, HM, Shekarau Angyu, Masa Ibi Kuyon 11, (Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State)
9. The Emir of Fika, HRH Alhaji (Dr.) Mohammadu Abali Ibn Mohammed Idris (Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State)
Ooni Of Ife
10. The Attah of Igala, Mathew Opaluwa (Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State)
11. The Obong of Calabar, HRE Ebidem Ekpo Okon Abasi OTU V (Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta)
12. Akarigho of Remoland, HRH, Oba Babatunde Adewale Ajayi, Torungbuwa 11, (Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun)
13. Federal University of Technology, Akure (HRH, Alhaji Umar Kabir Umah 11,Emir of Katagum)
14. Federal University of Technology, Minna (HRM, Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, Deji of Akure)
15. Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina (King Dandeson Douglas Jaja jeki. Amanyanabo of Opobo Kingdom)
16. Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State (Sir, Alh. (Dr.) Adamu Baba Yunusa. The Ona of Abaji)
17. Federal University, Birnin Kebbi (HRM Eze Cletus Ilomuanya. Obi of Obinugwu)
18. Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State (HRM, Igwe Ambassador Lawrence Agubuzu, Ogbunechendo, Ezema Olo Kingdom)
19. Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa (HRH, Justice Sidi Bage Muhammad 1, Emir of Lafia)
20. Michael Okpara University of Agricultural Umudike (HRH Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III. Emir of Gombe)
21. Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola (HRM Okuku (Dr.) Uwa Umoh Adiaka III, JP. Paramount Ruler/Ekporikpo of Obot)
22. National Open University of Nigeria (HRH Agbaidu Elias Ikoyi Obekpa CON, FCTI, OCH’IDOMA IV.)
23. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (HRM (Dr.) Da Jacob Gyang Buba. Gbong Gwon Jos)
24. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (HRH, Alhaji (Dr.) Yahaya Abubakar, CFR. The Etsu Nupe)
25. University of Abuja, Gwagwalada (HRH, Dr. Rilwan Suleiman Adamu CFR, FNIOB, EMIR OF BAUCHI)
26. University of Agriculture, Makurdi (Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, CFR. The Emir of Ilorin)
27. University of Benin (HRM Prof. James Ortese Iorzua Ayatse, The Tor of Tiv)
28. University of Calabar (HRH, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, Emir of Kano)
29. University of Ibadan (HE Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, CFR, mni. Sultan of Sokoto)
30. University of Ilorin (HRH, Alhaji (Dr.) AbdulMumini Kabir Usman, CFR. Emir of Katsina)
31. University of Jos (HRH, Alhaji Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, Emir of Zazzau)
32. University of Lagos (Alhaji (Dr.) Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi. The Shehu of Borno)
33. University of Maiduguri, (HRM, Oba (Dr.)Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, JP, CFR, LLD. Alafin of Oyo)
34. University of Nigeria, Nsukka (HRM, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi, Ojaja II. The Ooni of Ife)
35. University of Port-Harcourt (HRH, Muhammadu Ilyasu Bashar. Emir of Gwandu)
36. University of Uyo (HRH Alhaji (Dr.) Adamu Abubakar Maje, CON. The Emir of Hadejia)
37. Usamanu Danfodiyo University (Alayeluwa Oba (Dr.) Rilwanu Babatunde Osuolale Aremu Akiolu I, CFR,mni. Oba of Lagos)
38. University of Health Sciences (HRH. Alhaji Attahiru Mohammed Ahmed (CON), Emir of Zamfara)
39. Nigerian Army University, Biu (HRM, Maj-Gen Felix Mujakpe (retd.), CFR, mni, Orodje of Okpe Kingdom)
40. Nigerian Maritime University Okerenkoko, Delta State (HRM King Alfred Papapereye Diete – Spiff, OFR, The Amanyanabo of Twon Brass)
41. Federal University of Agriculture, Zuru, (Eze Dr. Eberechi N. Dick JP, Eze Udo 1 of Mgboko Ngwa, Amaize)