President Jonathan’s visit sparks bloody clash at Obafemi Awolowo University

President Goodluck Jonathan’s visit to Obafemi Awolowo University, Friday, has sparked a bloody cult war in the school, with at least two students hospitalized.

Fighting broke out between members of the Students Union Government’s leadership, who support the president, and other students who organized a humiliating anti-government protest during Mr. Jonathan’s visit Friday.

Two students sustained serious injuries after a cult group, allegedly supporting the student leadership, attacked a gathering of other students, the SUG Congress, the legislative arm of the student body, said.

“They accused the gathering of embarrassing the president in his last visit to the school,” the Congress said in an open letter.

Mr. Jonathan was at the school alongside the Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, for the Yoruba Unity Summit, organized by the Committee for Yoruba Unity, where he was endorsed for re-election in 2015.

The meeting was also attended by the Ooni of Ife, Okunade Sijuade, among other traditional rulers.

While the president was there, several students marched in protest of new school fees announced by some federal universities, and generally, in condemnation of the state of education in the country.

The students were also miffed that after waiting at the gates to lay their complaints directly to the president, they only realized he had been transported by helicopter into the institution, students, who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES, said.

“We all did not know when he entered the hall, it was at that point student started protesting, after the meeting he came out, and we tried to talk to him but his security details would not let us talk to him, they escorted him into his car and they drove him to his chopper where he then flew,” one student, who asked not to be named, said.

He said students began to throw stones as the chopper was taking off, and also jeered the Ekiti governor, Mr. Fayose.

The first indication of divisions within the ranks of the students’ body, SUG, came when its leadership issued a statement late Friday denying media reports of the student demonstration.

In the statement, the SUG president, Isaac Ibikunle, denied any protests took place and pledged the loyalty of the students to President Jonathan.

But students said by weekend, clashes broke out in the school campuses as supporters and guards of Mr. Ibikunle allegedly launched attacks on other leaders and students who staged the protests.

Israel Onifade, a student of the institution, told PREMIUM TIMES that at the late hours of Sunday, while other leaders of the student body were having a meeting, they were attacked by “unknown students”.

But the open letter issued by the Students Congress said the attacks were sponsored and spearheaded by the incumbent Students Union leadership.

“It saw the physical participation of the Students Union PRO in person of Bamidele Oludare, the Union’s Fin Sec, Comrade Oye, members of the Security Committee of the Students’ Union; Teddy, Akuma, Ayinla, amongst others,” the congress said.

“Two of the attacked Students are still receiving treatments. Sammy being slashed near the forehead, receiving treatment at the Health Centre OAU, another called David (davoo), after being rejected at the Health Centre was rushed down to the Seventh Day Adventist hospital where he still lay, up till the time of writing this report.”

The student congress said some of the attackers were arrested after students mobilized, and investigations proved the attack was launched as reprisal for the treatment of President Jonathan on Friday.

“But due to the eventual mobilization of students which went through from Awo Hall, two of these cultists (non-students) were captured alongside the Fin Sec of the Union, Comrade Oye, as well as Teddy, one who is already well known as a personal bodyguard to the Union President, Mr. Ibikunle Isaac.

“Upon the preponderance of investigation, it was realized that the attack came as a pay-back to the students who were believed (by the attackers, the Union leadership) to have mobilized on Friday 28th of November in launching that massive protest against the visiting President of the nation Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan,” the congress said.

The student congress said it was demanding the SUG president to call a congress of all students within 24 hours, and to answer all of the charges against him.

The violent attack was the first in the school since 1999 when several students were killed in deadly cult clashes.


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  • King Carlos

    A president visits a university and he could not even speak one on one with the students. He should have spent some time with the students, asbin, a question and answer session. He could spoken to the students about how to be future leaders. That’s why I respect Barack Obama, he usually speaks to students anytime he travels in or out of the country.

    • mike

      You should know that this president is used to making blunders in what ever he decides to do. This is a president who cannot do anything right the first time.
      Expecting him to be apt enough to be knowledgeable of the need to address the students is truly expecting too much from someone who has been widely adjudged to be clueless.
      The needs to retire to his village because the burden of being president is too much for him.

    • One nation

      Wetin the guy won tell them? Person wey no get selling point. I keep wondering the kind of people that work with GEJ, I just realised that it not by having hundreds of thousands advisers or personal assistance but having competent people around. President maybe dumb while people around him will make the citizens feel the impacts of having intelligent people around but my country own na reverse the case, President dumb, minister’s seugbe advisers/ assistance pako. I can’t wait to vote out incompetent govt.

      • King Carlos

        As in… what a missed opportunity. That was a chance to sell himself to the youth. no leader president in the history of Nigeria is as clueless and useless as Jonathan is. Even when Sani Abacha president, we never had it like this. This guy is going in May, 2015.

  • Wazobia

    In the end, GEJ’s words are coming to pass: “I hardly get what I want in life”. You want to remain to 2015 elections and by the grace of God and the power of the people you will NOT be returned.

    May this be your last days in the presidency and may the evils you have brought upon our people follow you when you are gone.

    And to your blind supporters; may God open there eyes and conscience to the truth (and they accept it) and to those who know already but choose to follow your path of destruction still; may God bless them the same way you have blessed the dying masses of these nation and the sorrows, tears and blood you leave in the hearts of their family.

  • Otitokoro

    Anyone who is familiar with OAU students’ Union affairs in a historical sense will see the shame of the presidency -of Goodluck-Jonathan-in the clash. Politicians come to Nigerian campuses, take in money, bribe a few studens-especially the leadership, mobilize cult members from outside, attack the LARGER BODY OF STUDENTS(the massive grassroot students who cannot be bribed) and cause division. That is the line for the past 50 years. Readers should ask: what is the difference between the thuggery unleashed on governance in Ekiti state by this person called the governor-Mr. Ayo Fayose and the cult and thuggish attack in Obafemi Awolowo University by hoodlums from in and outside the university? There is none. In Ekiti state THREE THUGS sat with 7 other PDP members in the state house of assembly AND PASSED A NIGERIAN LAW! And our “meek” “innocent” President -Mr. Goodluck Jonathan-who is the leader of this same party-PDP-sat there amused and unconcerned that the party-PDP -which he leads can IMPORT THUGS into Ekiti state house of assembly to vote on a NIGERIAN LAW! So, some of us Yorubas who have passed the age of money and petty mercantile politics know that when characters like Mr. Ayo Fayose become governor in any part of Yorubaland, then we need to gird our loins. We need to be vigilant. We must not allow strange and fringe thuggish characters like Mr. Ayo Fayose to tarnish our cultural heritage. We Yorubas are not know for vices thugs like Mr. Ayo Fayose represents. We must sit down and find a solution to this.
    Otitokoro.

    • King Carlos

      True talk… yoruba ronu

  • Ooni of demsay journalism

    What a disjointed story.
    No head..No tail..

    • Tonnero

      Maybe you have ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder. The story is as clear as crystal. Read again. And again. And again. And…….

  • Chris1408

    PDP, truly thugs to the core. They took their thuggery to the campus.

  • No Comment

    Breaking News…..

    “Senator Babafemi Ojudu (APC, Ekiti) had told Daily Trust at the weekend
    that both senators of the ruling People’s Democratic Party and the opposition
    All Progressives Congress were in unison on President Jonathan’s impeachment”.

    “Based on the provisions of the 1999 Constitution, a motion seeking to institute
    impeachment proceeding against the president must be signed by 1/3 of the
    lawmakers in the Senate.”

    “With over 60 senators appending their signatures to the motion, they have surpassed
    the constitutionally required number, and it is left to be seen if the motion would be tabled
    any time soon”

    …..Daily Trust

    (December 2nd, 2014)

  • Proudly Niger Deltan

    Hear the APC/Boko haram members:… “We all did not know when he entered the hall, ….after the meeting he came out, and we tried
    to talk to him but his security details would not let us talk to him,
    they escorted him into his car and they drove him to his chopper where
    he then flew,”

    The students were also miffed that after waiting at the gates to lay
    their complaints directly to the president, they only realized he had
    been transported by helicopter into the institution…

    Una go wait tyre….So , this is how the Oloyes are co-operating with terrorists…ok!…When the SS&SE go with their resources then una eyes go clear.

  • Proudly Niger Deltan

    ==========================
    Hear the APC/Boko haram members
    ===========================

    Hear the APC/Boko haram members:… “We all did not know when he entered the hall, ….after the meeting he came out, and we tried to talk to him but his security details would not let us talk to him, they escorted him into his car and they drove him to his chopper where he then flew,”

    The students were also miffed that after waiting at the gates to lay their complaints directly to the president, they only realized he had been transported by helicopter into the institution…

    Una go wait tyre….So , this is how the Oloyes are co-operating with terrorists…ok!…When the SS&SE go with their resources then una eyes go clear.

    • Tonnero

      Having natural resources which you had no hand in putting there in the first place is no excuse for behaving like animals. Do you not understand that it is the most backward economies that rely on natural resources? Are you not aware that the market for oil and gas is seeing massive oversupply, reducing demand even as alternatives are becoming more viable? If it makes you happy, please hurry up and take your oil and leave. When you do leave, safe journey.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Throwing around red meat !! This is a phantom event never happened,the President of the OAU students union refuted this ghost APC press report more than 24 hours ago ! Any way sha Jonathan detractors at Premium Times need some red meat even if it is rotten !!

  • Ette

    GEJ appears to exhibit negativities where ever he goes. Imagine the depth of wickedness he has brought to our dear nation Nigeria. Went to OAU and caused infighting and division amongst the students. How did we get here as a nation. May God treat them the way they are treating Nigerians. Amen.

    • KGB

      GEJ and chaos are birds of the same feathers who flocks together . Whenever there is Jonathan , there will always be sorrow , tears and blood . A little glance into memory lane will lend credence to that .
      The meteoric rise and the path of ascendency of mr jonah to deputy governor , governor and presidency have been littered with confusion , commotion , sorrow and blood . In case you are in doubt go and check what i have said .

  • taiwo

    Imagine turning a university into a place for declaration of support for a president’s re-election bid by some Yoruba ‘leaders’. This country has truly gone to the dogs. Sad indeed.

  • Sunny

    I will first salute the doggedness of the students to have been able to apprehend those follows that carried out the cult-like attack on their colleagues, just because they championed a genuine protest against Mr. President when he visited the campus for a shameful political event. Well, the school Management should be careful in handling this issue so that what happened on that campus in 1999 will not repeat itself. That is only if the Management is not involved in the sponsorship of the so called Union Leaders/attackers that carried out the attack on the innocent students. An independent panel of inquiry should immediately be set up to investigate those that involved and be prosecuted according to the Nigeria Constitution. Well, to those that are still not believe that some radical students protested against GEJ policies during his last visit to OAU campus, I think this attack on those radical students by sponsored cultist should bury such doubt and at the same time put a serious question to them, that how long can they keep living in deceit? To the radical students who have made themselves available for such heroic event, please keep it up because the hope of this country lies in the hands of the radical/right thinking minds and not the bandits that can easily be bought with token amount of money. To the so called Union Leaders that supported GEJ visit to OAU campus and subsequently colluded with the Pro-GEJ within and outside the campus to unleashed terror on their colleagues, please go back and study history of that campus before you are all perish with your myopic agenda. You will be used and duped or even find yourself behind bar soon. I can assure you that this attack will not go without being investigated by the public and if you eventually being caught to be involved, it will not be good for you at all because you have been entrusted to lead the Student Union but you have been doing otherwise. It is very important that the youth section of Nigeria start thinking rightly, the hope of this country lies solely on the right thinking youths.