In introducing Professor Bawuro Barkindo, the ex University of Abuja don whose interview was published in Intervention September19th, 2016 under the tile, “Managing the Border Crisis of the Africans Under Globalisation”, the paper wrote a number of things which have been challenged. In the original piece, Prof Barkindo was written about as follows:
Professor Bawuro Barkindo is just leaving the services of the University of Abuja where he taught History. A product of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria School of History and, for many years, a lecturer in History at Bayero University, Kano before moving into the National Boundary Commission, Barkindo is very much at home with border intellectualism. Being so busy, it takes time to pin him down. But talking to him takes one back to the generation of scholars of border studies symbolised by Anthony Asiwaju, the author of the best seller, Partitioned Africans: Ethnic Relations Across Africa’s International Boundaries, 1884 – 1984, among others. Barkindo is most likely the last of that generation”
It has since been discovered that Professor Barkindo is not the last in that generation of scholars. In fact, Professor Asiwaju himself is still in active service. Right now, Asiwaju is in Yola as one of the leading international scholars on regional peace, Intervention has been informed. Asiwaju is the leading African scholar in border studies and he worked very closely with Professor Barkindo when both were at the National Boundary Commission. In particular, they organised Transborder Cooperation Workshops with all Nigeria’s nieghbours except Chad Republic. The workshops whose proceedings have been published are said to have had strong impact on the dynamics of the European integration process.
Before Professor Barkindo came to UniAbuja, he was Permanent Secretary at the Boundary Commission and at the ministries of Solid Minerals, Communication and Transport.
Readers are invited to, please, note these important gaps in the earlier introduction.