Monday, 21 March 2022

OAU Students' Union Gives Management Ultimatum Hours To Shut Down School If Crisis Is Not Solved

Olukanmi Abidemi Abeeb ÀBÍMÓ 

Following the protest that ensued in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife minutes after the announcement of Professor Adebayo Simeon Bamire as the new Vice Chancellor of OAU by some aggrieved indigenes of the ancient city, the protesters on Monday went spiritual as some of them were seen in their full-blown traditional outfits

The protesters in the early hours of Monday blocked the main entrance to OAU and some strategic spots on campus including phase 2 gate and road 7 gate. Due to the fact that protesters are not happy about the emergence of non-ife indigene as the incoming Vice Chancellor of the institution. Prior to this protest, GREAT IFE STUDENTS' UNION
OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY, ILE-IFE has made a released that says 
"The Union strongly condemns the barbaric acts perpetuated by the protesters, including but not only beating and harassing members of our campus."
Based on the aforementioned, "the Union has demanded that the Management of the University, if the protests do not subside in 72 hours, should close the University until the crisis is over. Informing this decision is also the fact that the protesters are scaling up their affront on our University community and its immediate community where a large number of our members live. Without proactive measures to address this crisis, it is not impossible that the protesters will invade the campus at any time and further inconvenience the University community such that Union members suffer.

The Union, with all sense of responsibility and its revolutionary decorum, will keep Union members abreast of developments as they affect them. Union members are implored to stay out of harm's way. The Union cannot and will not be quiet over this issue – we cannot afford having Union members as casualties of this confrontation!"
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