LETTER: UNIOSUN Crisis: Governor Aregbesola should please reopen our campus

Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola

Dear editor, 

Sir, please avail us a chance to make our suffering known to the public. Below is an outcry of the Students of Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Osun State University, Ikire campus, on the indefinite closure of our campus by Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola. 

I am Afolabi Ismail. Thanks in anticipation of your support. 

With heavy heart full of grief and sorrow, we wish to inform nigerians of our protracted suffering and seek support towards reopening of our campus; Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Osun State University, Ikire.

Regrettably, the campus was on August 16, 2014 closed indefinitely by the Rauf Aregbesola-led Osun State government. To us, this was done to douse a violent protest by some students in the faculty. The protest erupted as a result of an unpleasant accident involving some touring students of the faculty on August 15, leading to the death of three persons including Wale Farawe, a lecturer who majored in History and International studies, and a student, Binuyo David.

The sudden crisis is nothing but an accident and as such, it requires drastic solution. But Governor Aregbesola seems to have turned deaf ears to our cries. Instead of seeing to the resolution of the crisis as a respected and unusual leader he is known for, Mr. Governor is busy celebrating second term victory.

If Governor Aregbesola was sincere when he said power is responsibility and that he would try his best possible to improve social, economy and political activities of this state, then it would cost him nothing to address our issues within 24 hours unless he deliberately chose to scuttle our future and leave the economy of Ikire community in jeopardy.

For time is of the essence to everyone’s life, we call on Aregbesola to reopen our campus without further delay. Also, we will like to make it clear that we are neither justifying the violent protest nor demanding for much but immediate reopening of our campus.

We are sick and tired of staying at home. The deed is done and there must be a way forward. Enough of this hullabaloo. We pray the governor to be lenient  and not go beyond psychology of punishment and correction, more so that the culprits who masterminded the violent protest have been identified and the damaged school properties have been renovated.

Our future is at stake and we can’t stand aside and watch. UNIOSUN is made up of six campuses. While Ikire campus was closed indefinitely by Aregbesola few weeks away from the completion of 2013/2014 academic session, and still remain closed, other campuses of the institution have completed the session and commenced the 2014/2015 academic session.

We detest this idea of generalising guilt, closing a whole campus for months because of an offence committed by few individuals is uncalled for and increasingly overbearing. Sadly, hundreds of final year students in the faculty are being delayed just as the new students are denied access to education unlike their mates in other campuses of the same university. We are now at a tight corner and wondering why Aregbesola is not moved by our predicament.

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