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[TRENDING]Ife indigenes protests against new OAU VC

Adebayo Simeon Bamire, Professor of Agricultural Economics in the Faculty of Agriculture, has been elected as the new Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) scoring 84.6 percentage overall. His tenure will begin on June 7, 2022.

However, Ife indigenes are dissatisfied with this development because Adebayo Simeon Bamire is not an Ife indigene.

Ife indigenes began protesting in a variety of ways, including traditional methods.

Osun State governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has appealed to citizens of Ile-Ife who were protesting the choice of the new Vice Chancellor for the Obafemi Awolowo University to give peace a chance and stop the protest forthwith.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, on Tuesday evening, Oyetola noted that Ivory Towers anywhere in the world were sacred institutions and everything must be done to accord them that dignity.

Oyetola, who noted that though the state had no role in the choice of who became the Vice Chancellor of the university, being a federal institution, said he had responsibility for the safety and security of the institution and its workers as the host Governor.

He further said, “it is with a heavy heart and a deep sense of concern that I call on the good people of Ile-Ife, especially those protesting over the choice of a new Vice Chancellor for Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, to stop further protest and give peace a chance.”

Despite the Governors plea, Ife indigenes are yet to halt the protest. Netizens have reacted to the demonstrations.

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