Prof. Y. K. Yusuf Saga: ASUU OAU Demands Serious Disciplinary MeasuresThe Academic Staff Union of Universities, Obafemi Awolowo University chapter has demanded that the University authority should as a matter of utmost urgency invoke disciplinary measures to bring to book those indicted in the Professor Y. K. Yusuf saga.
The former Dean of the Faculty of Arts and a Professor of English, Professor Y. K. Yusuf who was holding an EGL class at ODLT was reported to have been disturbed by some students including some members of the Students' Union Central Executive Council (CEC) last month. This development has since generated a lot of controversies amidst the student population; some feel the Union leaders were wrong to have disrupted his class while some hold a contrary view.
In Professor Y. K. Yusuf's account of the incident, he stated as follows: “While the lecture was in progress, a student who was not taking the course walked in and asked me to stop the lecture so that he could make an announcement. I told him that it was not proper for a student to interrupt a lecture for that purpose and that he would do well to leave the class. He then informed me that he was the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Obafemi Awolowo University Student Union. I told him that, that notwithstanding, the sanctity of a lecture in progress ought not to be undermined and that he still had to leave the class. His response to this was that whether I liked it or not, he was going to make the announcement. I insisted that that would amount to an affront on discipline. In spite of this, he started to address the students in the class with the public address system he had brought with him.”
During the Congress of ASUU OAU on Thursday, December 3, members of the Union described the incidence involving Professor Y. K. Yusuf and some students as gross misconduct, untold attitude, lack of respect for lecturers and total disobedience to law on the part of the students and as such vehemently condemned the act. The same Congress however resolved that the University authority bring those indicted to justice by invoking serious disciplinary measures on them urgently.
In a related development, the Public Relations Officer of the Students' Union, Ojedokun Emmanuel a.k.a Immanuel Kant confirmed to OAU Peeps News Agency that himself alongside two other members of the Students' Union Central Executive Council have received a letter from a Panel set up by the University Management to investigate the Prof. Y. K. Yusuf saga. The other two executives include the Students' Union President, Omotayo Akande a.k.a TY and the Secretary General, Oketooto Oluwaseun a.k.a Hon. Seun. When pressed further on the content of the letter and to know if the Union officers have responded appropriately, the PRO refused to respond. However, the Students' Union President, TY during a Press briefing two weeks ago when asked about the status of the rift, he said ASUU OAU leadership has told him not to worry as everything will be worked out peacefully.