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President Ensign has reiterated the University’s commitment to positively impacting the society. This reassurance came on Friday, November 14, during the Do Not Turn a Blind Eye seminar organized by the Society for Ethics and Leadership, a student club.

President Ensign spoke on peace, and why the University cofoounded the Adamawa Peace Initiative. In her words, “Peace is food, water, shelter, and hope.” She emphasized that to have peace, one need not turn a blind eye to anything. “We are all in the midst of this, trying to make a difference.”

She said the API started following an industrial wide strike that paralyzed the country in January of 2012. “Out here it was very quiet… There were no planes… The country shut down.”

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The American University of Nigeria recently played host to the Swiss Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency Hans-Rudolph Hodel. He delivered his lecture on “Democracy in Switzerland: Federalism within the Swiss Confederation.” The Library Auditorium which was the venue of the event was filled with various people comprising students, faculty and staff of AUN, as well as some distinguished guests.

Ambassador Hodel also serves as the Ambassador to Chad and Niger. He holds a Doctoral degree from the University of St. Gallen with a very engaging diplomatic career. He has served in many positions of international repute which gave him the opportunity to explore much of Africa having worked as Ambassador and Head of Mission of Swiss Confederation to Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Outside Africa, he has served as Ambassador to Costa Rica, Panama, and Nicaragua.

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