The press statement issued earlier today by the Obafemi Awolowo University Students' Union has been greeted with various criticisms by students of the institution.
The SU President, Mr Ibikunle Isaac and the SU Public Relations Officer, Mr Bamidele Oludare had told journalists that students of OAU are ready to work against the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan if he fails to accede to their demands with utmost urgency. Reacting to this development, a student activist in the school, Comrade Olubanji Oluwole a.k.a Engels has described the threat from the Union officers as a deviation from scientific struggle as opposed to speculative struggle.
Comrade Engels argued that the President of the Students' Union cannot speak on behalf of the entire OAU students on such a critical issue without consulting the students first as that amounts to a deviation from the democratic tenants of Great Ife Students' Union. ''The President and PRO probably woke up one day to conjure positions on behalf of mass of students. This press statement is not only a deviation from the democratic tenet of Great Ife Students' Union, but a deviation from scientific struggle as opposed to speculative struggle.''
''If you want to negotiate money with Jonathan, do not use students' interests as canon fodder'' he(Olubanji Oluwole) advised.
With similar tone, another student of the institution, Akinbode Akinloluwa condemned the act of the Union Officers. Akinloluwa wrote ''As far as I'm concerned, the release has the heading 'OAU students threaten to oppose Jonathan's re-election' I am part of this Union either directly or indirectly, let me now ask; When did the CEC or SRC tabled this and deliberated on it before speaking on our behalf? Or who gave Ibikunle the go-ahead to speak on vital issues like this? Or was there any referendum conducted within Dec 14 that I left campus and now?''