At the first convocation ceremony of the Ahmadu Bello University in 1963, the founding father and mentor of the University,
Sir Ahmadu Bello enunciated the philosophy of A.B.U when he said:
"The first duty of every university is the search for and the spread of knowledge and the establishment of the nation."
The philosophy of the Ahmadu Bello University is predicated upon the "cardinal principle of imparting knowledge and learning to
men and women of all races without any distinction on the grounds of race, religious or political beliefs, etc." Hence the objectives
of ABU as articulated in Article 4 of its 1962 and 1975 law are:
(a) to provide regular and liberal courses of instruction in the humanities, sciences and other spheres of learning of a standard required and expected of University of the Highest standing;
(b) to promote research and the advancement of science and learning:
(c) to secure the diffusion of Knowledge throughout Nigeria.