14 June 2013
All is quiet at the University of Igbere in Abia State, Nigeria. And tragically, it need not be.
Though shelves are stocked, classrooms are fully furnished, and residential lawns are regularly mowed, as if students will come flooding down the halls and pour in to the campus to play their part in the nation’s next generation at any moment, the grounds at Igbere in southeast Nigeria lie eerily dormant.
I had the opportunity to walk through the facilities in late May, tour the contemporary health clinic, the vast auditorium and the would-be e-library offering internet access and a steady flow of electricity powered by multiple on-site generators to Abians and non Abian residents alike. As I stood under the bold ‘UNI’ logo at the center of the compound, three thoughts overwhelmed me: