La direction de l’Université d’Ibadan ordonne la fermeture immédiate et définitive de l’école ce mardi 26 avril 2016. Cette fermeture vient à la suite des manifestations des étudiants qui ont éclaté depuis hier lundi.
Les étudiants protestent contre la persécution d’un de leurs leaders accusé d’avoir organisé des manifestations estudiantines illégales en novembre 2015 pour dénoncer les conditions de vie précaires dans l’institution. Si la réinsertion de MOTE demeure le leitmotiv de leurs manifestations, les étudiants dénoncent également les cas sempiternels de manque d’eau potable et de délestage dans les résidences universitaires et les espaces scolaires.
Pour des raisons de sécurité, une circulaire rédigée ce mardi 26 avril par le Secrétariat ordonne aux étudiants d’évacuer l’Université avant 16 heures.
Ecrit par A. Souleymane
MESSAGES DE L’UNIVERSITÉ
1. DISTURBANCE OF PEACE ON CAMPUS BY NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF
NIGERIAN STUDENTS (NANS) JCC, SOUTH WEST ZONE
Management wishes to draw the attention of the entire University community to the disturbance of peace on campus this morning, 25 April, 2016, by NANS JCC South West Zone as a form of solidarity for one Mr. Tunji Epeti Michael, of the Department of Petroleum Engineering, who was rusticated for a semester by the Student Disciplinary Committee with effect from 30 March, 2016.
Being on an IT programme in Port Harcourt and not supposed to be on campus, he was found guilty of leading a protest on Thursday, 19 November, 2015 in respect of electricity failure, which disrupted the peace enjoyed in Independence Hall and the University as a whole. The letter, which conveyed the decision to rusticate him for one semester, did mention the due process of appeal, namely: to appeal against the decision through the Registrar to the University Governing Council within fourteen (14) days of receipt of the letter.
Rather than follow this laid down procedure, NANS JCC, South West Zone claimed that it gave the University of Ibadan Authorities an ultimatum to rescind its decision. NANS activists from different higher institutions, including Federal College of Agriculture, Ibadan, Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomosho, Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo, two former student union Presidents of the University of Ibadan and the new President NANS JCC South West Zone, forced their way into the campus in several buses. They blocked roads in front of the Student Union building, Sultan Bello Hall and much later the University Gate. They also visited the Faculties of Science, the Social Sciences, Law, Education and the Department of Human Nutrition and disrupted/paralyzed academic activities there.
Management hereby appeals for calm, as appropriate steps are being taken to put the situation under control.
2. 3785 Special Release 26 April, 2016
CLOSURE OF THE UNIVERSITY DUE TO THE DISTURBANCE OF PEACE AND THREAT TO LIVES AND PROPERTY ON CAMPUS BY SOME STUDENTS OF THE INSTITUTION (UI) AND OTHER STUDENTS FROM NEARBY INSTITUTIONS
It is evident from the events of Monday, 25 and Tuesday, 26 April, 2016 that some students of the University of Ibadan, and persons who claimed to be members of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), South West Zone from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo, The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Federal Cooperative College, Eleyele, Ibadan, Federal College of Agriculture, Moor Plantation, Ibadan and Federal School of Statistics, Ibadan, are determined not only to disturb the much cherished peace and tranquility on campus, but to threaten the lives and property of the entire University community.
These elements are operating dangerously by the heavy masks most of them are wearing, thereby threatening the peace and security of innocent students who are law abiding and staff at their various places of work.
Majority of these persons have been going round the campus to disrupt classes and assaulting students and lecturers from their classes and offices. Fresh in the memory are the disruptions and vandalism at the Departments of Anatomy, Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Physics, Archaeology and Anthropology, to mention just a few. It has been gathered that these persons are going under the fathom claim of a one semester rustication of a student who ordinarily should have been expelled for gross misconduct, as well as power outages and inadequate provision of water, which the University Management is working round the clock to address.
Based on the foregoing, and the need to protect the cherished lives and property on campus, University Management has decided, after wide consultation, that all students are to proceed on break until further notice.
Consequently, all students are to vacate their respective Halls of Residence and classes on or before 4.00 p.m. today, Tuesday, 26 April, 2016.
Any student found in the Libraries, Halls of Residence or classes stands the risk of outright expulsion.
O. I. Olukoya , MNIM, FPA
Registrar & Secretary to Council
MESSAGES DES ETUDIANTS
1. Let it be known to all that tomorrow UI students would come together and march all through the university saying #FREE MOTE and others….. I would never miss such cos it might be me tomorrow or even Someone closer…
SAY NO TO VICTIMIZATION OF UITE
SAY NO TO SDC IRANU…..
#I_am a concerned UITE
2. The Story of Tunji-Ekpeti Michael a.k.a MOTE and How It Concerns you!
Of the Greatest Nigerian Students
Ever Conscious Nigerian Students
What you are about to read is an exposition of the evil plans of the current University of Ibadan Management to turn the ever intelligent University of Ibadan students into PUPPETS. It is highly recommended that you follow this piece to the very end so you can fully understand what is about to happen, probably the biggest protest ever.
WHY and HOW DOES THIS CONCERN YOU?
In the words of Martin Luther King Jr, he said and I quote
The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the GOOD PEOPLE.
WHAT EXACTLY IS THE PROBLEM?
Operation Free Mote is a massive campaign against the continuous victimization of students by the University of Ibadan Management. It is now clear to all that the current administration led by Prof Olayinka has come into power just to use IRON BARS to cage UITES. There has been continuous attacks on students but the LAST STRAW THAT HAS NOW BROKEN THE CAMEL’S BACK is the case of MOTE, a 500 level student of the Petroleum Engineering Department who was unjustly rusticated for being part of a peaceful protest carried out by the residents of Independence Hall last semester.
The protest which saw over 500 katangites troop out after exceeding the elastic limit of their patience to peaceful request improvement in welfare activities of the Hall after the hall had suffered for over two weeks lack of water and power supply exclusively to the Independence Hall without any cogent explanation from the University management .
It was however surprising that after more than two weeks of neglect and lackadaisical approach to the issue, the University management found it as a sense of urgency to attend to the problem of independence hall that very morning of the protest. Just about one hour after the protest, the Dean of Students Affairs visited the hall and the already rusty pumping machine of the hall was repaired and water started gushing out once again, power supply which had almost become a thing of the past for the hall suddenly magically came back to life.
The question to ask at this point is WHY DID THE UNIVERSITY MANAGEMENT WAIT FOR A PROTEST TO OCCUR BEFORE THEY COULD HEAR THE YEARNINGS OF KATANGITES.
SHOULD KATANGITES HAVE KEPT SILENT OVER THAT MATTER AND MAYBE TILL TODAY THEY WOULDN’T STILL HAVE HAD LIGHT AND WATER…
WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THE PROTEST?
After the protest, the hall warden of Independence Hall who obviously was the culprit that could not successfully manage the hall decided to look for a scapegoat to put his blame on. Instead of Dr. Ayagunna admitting his incompetence in managing the students who have confidence in his leadership, he decided to look for a SCAPE GOAT.
OVER 500 STUDENTS PROTESTED SO WHY MOTE PARTICULARLY?
That same period was getting close to the Independence Hall Elections, MOTE, who was obviously a man of the people was said to at that time have ambition to contest the Independence Hall Administrator General. Bearing in mind that MOTE was going to become the AG and will always advocate for the rights of fellow students at all times, Dr. AYAGUNNA allegedly beat his chest that he was going to “finish” MOTE. He started by processing an SDC letter for MOTE which automatically made the young man lose his qualification to contest as the Students’ Union constitution doesn’t allow anyone with a pending SDC case to contest.
He later went on to fully ensure that SDC panel rusticate MOTE. It is very shocking that Dr. AYAGUNNA who is supposed be a father over students was reportedly laughing and celebrating after MOTE had been rusticated. He was quoted to have said that “I HAVE STILL NOT FINSIHED DEALING WITH THAT BOY”. This makes it crystal clear that the case of Mote is a pure case of POLITICAL VICTIMIZATION.
2. HOW THIS AFFECTS US ALL – ADEWOLE’S TENURE VERSUS OLAYINKA’S
The current administration is seriously planning an underground mission to purportedly turn UI students into MORONS. The reason for this is simple, there are plans to increase the tuition fee very soon and the only way they can do this is by firstly “finishing” all student activists on campus. The management thereby has turned into a SCIENTIST conducting experiments with the FUTURE of NIGERIAN STUDENTS. The case of MOTE is first of such experiment and if the outcome becomes successful for them, many more experiments of students’ rustication will follow.
It is becoming evident that even Queen Idia and Obafemi Awolowo Halls are now two new laboratories for the experiment being conducted by the Prof. Olayinka administration. There have been serious outcries from Queen Idia Hall where our female students are being told to pay FINE for very unintelligent reasons. It only makes one wonder whether we are truly in a University that prides itself in training students that have SOUND SENSE OF JUDGMENT.
Where on EARTH are University students FINED 2000 naira for not laying their BEDS?
Where on EARTH are University students FINED 2000 naira for dirty clothes on their BEDS?
Where on EARTH are University students FINED for not using CARPETS in THEIR rooms?
Where on EARTH are University students FINED for not having a LAUNDRY BASKET?
Well these are the current happenings in the supposedly FIRST AND BEST university!
It is either you JOIN THE PROTEST TODAY AND LET’S FIGHT THIS EVIL ANTICS once and for all or REMAIN SILENT AND KEEP GETTING OPPReSSED.
Look at AWO HALL, the hall lacked water for more 6 weeks to the extent that our female students were fetching and drinking MUDDY water! The university never attended to these girls until the students, themselves, decided to come around and donate their personal money to buy a pumping machine. The pumping machine after contribution among concerned students was bought and fixed, the water system of the hall resurrected BUT just some days after, the University management are threatening to send out Union Executives to the SDC for buying and installing a pumping machine on behalf of the school. SOUND JUDGEMENT RIGHT? HOW VERY CRAZY?!
They have been ordered to go and remove the pumping machine fixed so residents of the Obafemi Awolowo Hall should not be surprised to go back to their old conditions BUT who will FIGHT FOR THESE STUDENTS if we ALLOW them VICTIMIZE MOTE RIGHT NOW?
3. THE FIGHT IS ON, WHAT YOUR PART SHOULD BE!
Today is the D-DAY, there is an ongoing massive mobilization across all institutions in OYO STATE to storm the University of Ibadan with the combined forces of ALUTA, and so the UNIVERSITY MANAGEMENT can know that we are not babies. At our AGE, many of the great leaders of today were already ruling the country, and some wicked people here in the University trying are trying to suppress and oppress us at this age.
Are they actually training us to be leaders or PUPPETS AND WEAKLINGS OF TOMORROW?
In the words of a fellow comrade, if protest was an offence, most of them who are members of ASUU are supposed to have been SACKED by the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT by now.
Of course we know their history, the same set of people who protested over FREE CHICKEN and TURKEY in the time past are now the ones RUSTICATING students for PEACEFULLY DEMANDING improved welfare conditions.
4. A CLARION CALL TO YOU!
This is not a small fight, we have contacted both local and international media houses to showcase to the world the rot in the Nigerian Educational System, University of Ibadan as a case study.
We hereby call on students’ BLOGGERS, SOCIAL MEDIA EXPERTS, STUDENT WRITERS AND (campus) JOURNALISTS to take the campaign to a global view. Let them know what is happening in Nigeria, the University of Ibadan.
By the end of today, the #FREEMOTE should be TRENDING ON TWITTER, let the students in HARVARD University know that the supposedly first and best university in Nigeria won’t give you light, won’t give you water and when you stand up to request for it, they will give you an AWARD called SDC LETTER and rusticate you!
Yesterday it was Kunle Adepeju and Colleagues, TODAY, it is MOTE, Tomorrow It MAY BE YOU, it is hightime we stopped this insanity because the hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.
This protest will continuously LOCK DOWN the University of Ibadan until the following demands are met:
1. UNCONDITIONAL REINSTATEMENT of Tunji Ekpeti Michael with IMMEDIATE EFFECT
2. THE Students Disciplinary Committee should tender an UNQUALIFIED APOLOGY to Mr. Tunji Ekpeti Michael for the psychological trauma caused to him.
An injustice to one is an injustice to all.
5. At this juncture we need to all come together and fight against injustice. An indefinite strike is not the answer to our cry.
We do not want to go home, we want fair hearing.
We do not want to go home, we want welfarism.
We do not want to go home, we want the world to hear our side of the story.
We do not want to go home, we want justice.
Sending us home at this point in time is not the answer to our protest.
Has Mote been reinstated. Is water flowing in Awo hall.
Are Idiaites free from the outrageous loose of mad power wanting porters.
Why on earth should I pay a fine for not having carpet, or laying my bed, or putting dirty cloth on my bed in my room.
All these forms of victimization has to end or else the aim and objective of this protest is being forfeited.
Uites say no to indefinite strike. Join in the struggle. On return from the strike would there be light, water, considerable porters and staff, welfarism, an end to victimizing students. If yes let us all go home, but if no, let us all see this as the whiles of those evil people.
People who call themselves Fathers but are nothing but hypocrites.
People who sit and give suspension for semester as though they mean 2 or 3 weeks.
People who do not care about the life of students because most of their kids are overseas, enjoying what our forefathers paid with their blood and suffered to build not for themselves but for the Whites.
#Uites say no to Indefinite Strike.
#Free the Victimized.
Ui stand and fight for your right. We as students are not moron and we should be accorded our respect. NO GOING HOME UNTIL WE ARE FREE.
6. Greatest Nigerian Students!
We commend your response to our call for the complaint rally and appreciate your understanding towards not shutting down activities of the school, it was due to intervention of the Department of State Services (DSS) officers, the DPO Sango Police Station and the University of Ibadan Chief Security Officer.
The complaint rally which featured few delegates across campuses in the pacesetter State is just a flash warning to signal that we are GALLANTLY on ground to stampede any form of victimization of our fellow students.
Information reaching us has it that MOTE has tendered his appeal even though we are aware that it is a delay tactics from the management as examinations starts in 3 weeks time.
One thing is certain, the NANS body is never tired and will always be ready at all times to defend your rights.
We have informed the Zonal and National Body of NANS and they are prepared to mobilize for a national involvement in this struggle.
It is either MOTE is reinstated or we mobilize for a total LOCK DOWN of the University of Ibadan campus in our next movement.
We are fully observing the antics of the management and we can assure you that this NANS can never be bought over, we will fight this cause to the very end.
NANS JCC, Oyo State.