Obituary from ROAPE Volume 15 Number 43
Tribute to Mahmud Modibbo Tukur
Dr.Mahmoud Modibbo Tukur, Head of the Department of History and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, died on 15 November 1988. His body was found by his car along the Zaria-Kaduna road. No autopsy was conducted to as certain the cause of his death. Democratic opinion is aggrieved because of Mahmud Tukur's role in popular democratic politics, most prominently as the National President of the Academic Staff Union of the Universities (ASUU). He came into the leadership of the union at a difficult time when underfunding and state interference had combined to undermine morale and academic freedom. Lack of adequate teaching facilities and severe over-crowding eroded educational standards.