OAU VC: Ife indigenes, traditionalists’ protest nauseating, assault on intellectuals – Akeredolu

Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has expressed concern over the turn of events at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife.

This is following the crisis trailing the appointment of Prof. Adebayo Bamire as the institution’s 12th substantive Vice-Chancellor.

The protest by indigenes of Ile-Ife and traditionalists against Bamire’s appointment, according to Akeredolu, an alumnus of the University, is sickening.

He said it was a display of an attitude alien to academia that must be completely condemned.

On Monday, several Ife residents invaded the varsity’s campus carrying charms and other fetish objects to protest the appointment of new OAU VC who was not a native of the town.

In a statement he personally signed, Akeredolu said that the development was a sign of massive rot in academics, as well as a sign of pervasive decadence in the country.

The statement entitled ‘Invasion Of OAU By Ife Traditionalists: Uphold The Idea Of Universitas: The University Is Global’, partly read “The latest news on the invasion of the campus by some Ife indigenes and traditionalists, allegedly, to protest the failure by the authorities to appoint ‘an Ife indigene’, showcases the extent to which the system has sunk, almost irretrievably.

“This latest assault on the intellectual by elements who, ordinarily, should not have any business with that ambience is unsettling.

“The silence of the intellectuals in that University suggests complicity and connivance.”

OAU VC: Ife indigenes, traditionalists’ protest nauseating, assault on intellection – Akeredolu

Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has expressed concern over the turn of events at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, following crisis that trailed the appointment of Prof. Adebayo Bamire as the institution’s 12th substantive Vice-Chancellor.

The protest by indigenes of Ile-Ife and traditionalists against Bamire’s appointment, according to Akeredolu, an alumnus of the university who described the developments as sickening, was a display of attitudes alien to academia that must be completely condemned.

On Monday, several Ife residents invaded on the varsity’s campus carrying charms and other fetish objects to protest the appointment of an OAU VC who was not a native of the town

In a statement he personally signed, Akeredolu, emphasized that the supervisory authorities should weigh in on phenomenon seeping into the revered institution.

The governor went on to say that the development was a sign of massive rot in academics, as well as a sign of pervasive decadence in the country.

The statement entitled ‘Invasion Of OAU By Ife Traditionalists: Uphold The Idea Of Universitas: The University Is Global’, partly read “The latest news on the invasion of the campus by some Ife indigenes and traditionalists, allegedly, to protest the failure by the authorities to appoint “an Ife indigene”, showcases the extent to which the system has sunk, almost irretrievably.

“This latest assault on intellection by elements who, ordinarily, should not have any business with that ambience is unsettling.

The silence of the intellectuals in that university suggests complicity and connivance.”

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