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OSUN: Ife community dismisses planned protest as OAU inaugurates new VC

ELDERS of Ile-Ife, the host community of Obafemi Awolowo University, yesterday, confirmed the suspension of a planned protest against the inauguration of Professor Simeon Bamire as the 12th substantive Vice Chancellor of the institution.

Naija Times gathered that some youths in the community under the auspices of Ife Youths Organization had in a release on Friday threatened to resume the suspended protests staged against the appointment of Prof. Bamire as Vice Chancellor of the institution in March, this year.

Affirming the suspension, the community under the aegis of Ife Community Assembly, in a statement jointly signed by Presidents Ife Development Board (IDB) and Ife Progressive Forum (IPF), Comrade L. Awowoyin and Dr. Gbolagade Fomoriyo, stated that the protest against the University has been suspended and remain so.

The statement reads, “Our attention at the Ife Major Stakeholders level has been drawn to a post titled ‘OAU VC INAUGURATION-A CALL FOR ANARCHY’, signed by the International Co- coordinator of Ife Youth Organization.

“While commending the Ife youths and other stakeholders for coming out to be counted in the defense of Ife and Ifes, especially in seeing that their rights/entitlements are not denied them under any guise, of policies or criterion, it is also commendable that Ife Youths allowed the intervention that led to the suspension of the protests against the perceived marginalization /manipulation in the last exercise leading to the appointment of the 12th Obafemi Awolowo University Vice Chancellor.

“Allowing the intervention should be seen by the whole world that the protest was not meant to dent the highly rated reputation/image of our Obafemi Awolowo University but to ensure that things are done in the right way, transparently and devoid of prejudice in any form, to sustain the renowned excellent reputation of our noble citadel of learning and character moulding.

“Let us all be assured that the focus of the struggle was to get things done rightly in Obafemi Awolowo University, transcending appointment of Vice Chancellor. Therefore, efforts to correct areas of maginalisation, manipulation, and injustices shall continue even after Inauguration of the 12th Vice Chancellor, Professor Adebayo Bamire.

“We therefore, as Major Stakeholders in Ife Community and frontline members in the struggle to defend and protect the interest of Ife and Ifes, join our Royal Father, His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi, other stakeholders and individuals in appealing to our youths, in particular Ife Youth Organization to allow the suspended protest in whatever form remain suspended.

“Consequently on behalf of Ife Community, it is hereby declared that NO PROTEST in whatever form on the subject under reference is authorized for now in Ile-Ife.

“We welcome all invited guests/persons to the Inauguration of the 12th substantive OAU Vice Chancellor, assuring them of peaceful atmosphere and security, before, during and after the Ceremony.

“Assuredly, there are ongoing meetings and consultations to get all issues relating to the symbiotic relationship of Ife Community and Obafemi Awolowo University resolved holistically.

“We say unequivocally that we will not relent until justice and transparency become the norm in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.”

The youth group had in the statement signed by its national coordinator, Abimbola Afolabi, advised the general public to stay clear of OAU premises beginning from Monday, June 6, when the protest was scheduled to take off.

Naija Times gathered that the announcement of Bamire as the VC-elect had sparked off protest by some indigenes of the town, who alleged a foul play in the selection process of the new VC against an indigene of the town Prof. Rufus Adedoyin.

The group stated, “Contrary to the belief of the outgoing Vice Chancellor, we shall not relent on the struggle except justice is seen to have been done.

“Without any jabberwocky, we strongly advise the general public to stay clear of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife premises from Monday, June 6, 2022, as we resume our peaceful demonstration, this time with every sense of commitment.

“While we remain hopeful that the concern authorities will do the needful before the said date, we shall continue to open communication channels for meaningful and progressive intervention.”

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