My thoughts are premised in the words of Brad Meltzer, “when you believe in something, fight for it. And when you see injustice, fight harder than you’ve ever fought before.” The Nigerian academic circle is of today, becoming a national disgrace than those whose feet had never thread on the soil of a four-walled classroom.
These purported academicians have to the best of their abilities proved the American President Donald Trump right at a time he described the most populous African state as a “shit-hole” nation. These set of killjoys or better referred to as miserabilists reminded me of a name my great-grandmother will always tagged them with, “apanisaiye” – (killers of being while the being is still living). They have always derived joy in silencing justice as a cover-up for several putrefaction perpetrated by themselves and their evil allies.
One of the afore-described is Professor Olayinka Idowu, the zombified Vice Chancellor of the Nigeria’s premier University. I have closely read and watched the actions, not talking of the inactions of his tyrannic adminstration of a glorified institution like University of Ibadan. I have come to a conclusion that the presence of injustice doesn’t mean the absence of people whose heads and minds are filled with justice, it just signified the large presence of evil perpetrators – this can perfectly be likened to the recent happenings in the university community.
The recent four-semester suspension of the former Students’ Union leader, Ojo Aderemi had already made it affirmed that the rate at which these set of University administrators are hunt-witching conscious Nigerian students who are always hell-bent on seeing Nigeria becoming a sane country, is alarming.
To put the records straight, Ojo Aderemi is the University of Ibadan Students’ Union President, who led a congressional peaceful protest against the Institution’s incapability to produce the Students’ identity cards in 2017, after they have made several consultations to the authority-in-concern. This placid act led to the suspension of the union in the same year (2017).
It should be put straight that the generality of U.I students paid #1,500 each, for the production of their identity cards, which the Olayinka Idowu-led management failed to produce.
Nigeria is indeed a nation where a litigant can in the midst of the night becomes the defendant! What an irony of a nation?
Now, the young man who led his colleagues in such a 21st century – approach had been suspended for the space of two academic sessions. Not for any misdeed, but leading his people to demand for proper accountability and a more saner society. In reaction to this, they emphasized loud and clear into our hearings that “Nigeria and academics is indeed becoming an insane asylum” with the current unintelligible representation at his realms of political cum academical affairs.
Nigerian institutions are now clearly defined with “our excesses cannot be checked” helmsmen, whereas advanced communities encourages such as a necessity for democratic growth and development. This in all, has been revealed through the various suspensions and expulsions of union leaders and activists by the oppressors, whereas the dummies that characterized the Governing council are becoming more quiescent day-after-day.
The questions still begging for answers in me, are: isn’t it the same institution where a writer-activist, Kunle Adebajo was suspended over same Identity cards’ saga? Isn’t it the same institution where a lecturer (Mr. Aminu Zubairu) who was denied of his PhD for twenty-two years, finally committed suicide? Here I know the difference between an imperious Eyitope Ogunbodede and an oppressive Olayinka Idowu (both of which are Professors of Illiberality).
I am very much in doubt if the extraordinary powers attached to University of Ibadan is really true. I am losing a complete hope in our synthesis.
Where do our hope lies? These are the same set of people who are unable to do a simple Primary one-pupils’ calculation during electioneering period, but are quick in deciding the number of months or years, a person who dare their exploitations, will use in academic exile.
I am beginning to blame the likes of Awolowo, Azikwe, Ahmadu Bello, Herbert Macaulay and other Nationalists who fought for the privilege these oppressors enjoyed, since they aren’t ready to reciprocate this hand of gestures to those coming behind. In the face of all these, the government is silent.
The sweats and bloods of those whose lives had been laid for the things they enjoyed, will at all time be cruel on them. May the time and efforts of those you have oppressed be a clog in the wheel of your progress.