Dr. Abubakar Ibrahim Zaria

About the Department

The history of the Department of Philosophy in Ahmadu Bello University started around 1996 and 1997 when Prof. Yakubu Nasidi was the Dean of Arts. The Dean formed a committee to work out the procedure of establishing the department in the Faculty of Arts. After considering report of the Committee by the Faculty Board of Arts it was recommended to the University in 2004. The university returned it to the Faculty for more input in 2008. The Dean, Prof. Adebayo A. Joshua then, assigned Prof. M.L. Aminu to handle the issue and pursue the matter. The proposal was updated and subsequently presented and defended by Prof. M.L. Amin in 2010 after succeeding Prof. A.A. Joshua as the dean of Arts. The proposal was then approved by both the APC and the Senate of A.B.U. in 2010. The University’s cognizance of the fact that the Department will face staffing problem agreed that academic activities should commence with postgraduate programmes in order to develop manpower to handle the Department. Thus, the first sets of students admitted are the newly recruited staff of the department. ... Read More.

Mission, Vision & Philosophy

  • Mission

    The mission of the Department is to train and guide philosophers whose research will make the Department of Philosophy Ahmadu Bello University a top-rated Department of Philosophy in Nigeria, Africa and the world, to bring philosophy closer to other discipline, both in teaching and research, so as to promote better understanding and change of the cultural, social and political lives of Nigerians.

  • Vision

    The programme seeks to guide students to master existing methods and result of advanced research in various areas of philosophy, and to equip them with new tools of philosophical research, so that they will contribute in a robust way, both to the advancement of philosophy itself and the application of the results of philosophical research to resolving the major problems of the community, the country and the world.

  • Philosophy

    The programme, through reasoning, critical thinking and inquiry for truth and reality, seeks to produce men and women with necessary talent irrespective of race, ethnicity, belief or political affiliation to promote better comprehension of the society and the world at large.