UI Students denied destroying school property during protest

The student Union of University of Ibadan, on
Wednesday, April 27, has denied the accusation
by University management that the students’
protest which was held recently » led to the
destruction of school properties.
The students of UI staged a protest against the
epileptic state of amenities, such as light and
water, and the rustication of a student, Tunji
Ekpeti Michael.
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In a statement signed by the resident, Students’
Union, Olateju Oladimeji and the PRO, Students’
Union, Ayantola Alayande, the student called on
the university to reopen the institution » , adding
that it was unfair for the management to order
students out of the school in less than three
hours.
Full Statement Below;
“Our attention has been drawn to an inglorious
publication released by the University of Ibadan
management on Tuesday, 26th April 2016, in
response to the legitimate but peaceful movement
of the students of the University of Ibadan in
solidarity with NANS on campuses across the
South-west region against the satanic and
extremely wicked decision of the management of
the university to rusticate one of the students on
the account of exercising his universally given right
to peaceful protest.”
“While we are not surprised at the content of the
‘special release’, we sadly express our
disappointment in the fact that those who are
supposed to be our teachers and custodians have
descended so low to pathological liars; essentially
brandishing packs of propaganda and cacophonies
of deceit anytime resolvable conflicts erupt in the
University.”
“It is pathetic to note that the University
management in the said release stated that Mr.
Tunji Ekpeti Michael should “ordinarily be
rusticated for gross misconduct”, this notion, no
doubt, is either a clear display of management’s
ignorance of their own law or its autocratic
tendencies, for only such can criminalise a
peaceful protest. And we also need to set the
records straight that there are no “elements…
operating dangerously” under heavy masks and
“threatening the peace and security of innocent
students”, we are all legitimate students peacefully
protesting for our legitimate rights.”
“As true revolutionaries and legitimate leaders of
our Union, we reaffirm our commitment to the
present struggle until our demands for justice are
met and our beloved, brilliant and promising Tunji
Ekpeti Michael is unconditionally reinstated
immediately.”
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“We are aware that the University Management has
been gathering sympathy with their false releases
and propaganda against us through various media
and most especially, the Directorate of Public
Communication,University of Ibadan. The
propaganda against us, notwithstanding, we deny
in unequivocal terms the allegation that we
destroyed properties and constituted threat to
fellow students. This is a popular demonstration
and it is essentially a product of the majority
decision of our members (the entire students of the
University of Ibadan).”
“We also wish to state in clear terms that the
management’s luciferous position that the students
vacate their various hostels within an unacceptably
short notice of less than 3 hours cannot stand as
we cherish the lives of our students and cannot
afford to place them on mass migration, of which
previous scenarios have not been palatable.”
“The UI management should tell the world why it
has chosen to forcefully disperse almost 30,000
students to go home over diplomatic reinstatement
of a SINGLE student back on campus in the face of
bad Nigerian roads and economic realities. They
should also tell the world why it has consistently
failed in providing light and water to the University
community, a situation which aggravated the
protest.”
“We commend the efforts of the generality of UI
students who conducted themselves in a matured
manner, the Press, Police and other Security
agencies in our movement. We remain strongly
ideological and firmly committed to this struggle
until justice is duly served. We welcome a robust
engagement from the UI administration to solving
this small issue it helped amplified.”
“We call on the UI management to reinstate Tunji
Ekpeti Michael and reopen the campus immediately
as there was no need for the closure ab initio. We
are fully motivated to take this injustice to the
highest organs of our polity.”

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