Remembering the 1986 “Ango must go” protest in ABU, By Ahmed Aminu-Ramatu Yusuf (

Remembering the 1986 “Ango must go” protest in ABU, By Ahmed Aminu-Ramatu Yusuf


On 19 May, 1986, Abdullahi expelled and rusticated the Chairman and PRO of the Students Union Caretaker Committee respectively and warned the remaining members of the Caretaker Committee to be of good behaviour and avoid being used for illmotivated reasons which could easily result in an unrest in this University.

Professor Abdullahi also detested independent and democratic students unionism.

The violence inflicted by the police was only comparable to that of the 1978 AliMustGo nationwide students protest against the increase in fees in the university.

The police brutalised, shot, injured, raped and murdered students and other citizens, both on campus and in the neigbouring Samaru community.

It could also have been avoided had the military not destroyed the primordial and civil mechanisms the state and society had subsequently frowned at, checked and restrained.

Over 90 of the students expelled, rusticated and suspended by Abdullahi were of Northern extraction.


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