The management of the Umar Musa Yar’Adua university, Katsina, has announced that the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN) would be the only recognised Islamic body on campus.


It was earlier reported that the management of the university had proscribed tribal and religious associations on the campus excluding the MSSN after an internal memorandum signed by Sulaiman Sani Kankara, the acting dean of student affairs, was circulated.

The memorandum, which was titled “RE: Registration of Student clubs/associations”, was dated January 17, 2017, and was the resolution of the management at its 59th meeting that held on January 10.

“Participation in clubs/associations is strictly optional; as such no student should be compelled to pay any dues,” the memo read in part.


“Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN) is the only religious association allowed to operate in the university.

“Duly registered departmental associations should be allowed to operate but they should observe item (i) above. All tribal and local government associations are prohibited by the university.”

An insider told TheCable Lifestyle that the memorandum was issued to address the proliferation of smaller Muslim sects on campus.


“As a result of proliferation of smaller sects on campus and the need to curb any tension that may arise, the management decided to recognize MSSN as the only Islamic body on campus.

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