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UNIOSUN: A War Between Integrity And Personal Vendetta | By Wale Alabi

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The JAC branch of Osun State University recently published an article on Democracy Day of 2020 which tagged the Vice Chancellor of the school, Professor Labode Popoola as an autocrat that is running a corrupt administration.

This medley of confused human and disgruntled elements frivolously recounted their usual and unsubstantiated allegations in a hunt to tarnish the hard earned reputation of the Vice Chancellor and rubbish his efforts in putting the school in the front row alongside best universities in the continent of Africa.

In their tantrums, they did not even spare the Governing Council of the University, which has become a model for good university governance. When did it become part of unionism to insult and disparage senior citizens who have volunteered to serve as members of council of a university and giving their time and other resources to ensure progress for the university?

Followers of unfolding events at the university over the last six years would recall that Professor Labode Popoola came on board at a time the institution was bankrupt and in need of intensive care to survive. The institution had been morally, ethically and financially amputated before the current Governing Council and the VC came to its rescue. This VC of proven integrity and global renown clinically performed the necessary but painful surgeries which eventually blocked all leakages and stopped corrupt transactions that nearly suffocated the institution into extinction.

Just like it was contained in their previous petitions to the University Council, State House of Assembly, EFCC, ICPC, SERAP and other organisations where the Vice Chancellor was exonerated of any illicit acts or wrongdoings, it was alleged that the Vice Chancellor purchased a particular land for the university along Odi-Olowo Road, Osogbo a couple of years ago. The said land was purchased from the savings made from the proceeds of the Post-UTME in 2017, which in the past was shared and pocketed by some individuals in the university. The current VC stopped that fraud and invested the fund for the University.

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Disappointedly, these myopic and frivolous elements deliberately refused to tell the few people who may read their trash how land in that area has economically appreciated in recent times, which in turn is advantageous to the university’s investment in that regard.

The JAC mischievously penned that a million naira was expended on the University’s guesthouse whereas, it was established that these same people were encouraging the payment nearly two Million Naira rent per annum apart from the huge maintenance cost on a property they were using like a brothel. Under the leadership of Professor Popoola, the school decided to move to a guesthouse, half the rent of the previous one.

Also, I was told by a reliable source inside the university that nearly 400 Million Naira was wasted on the laboratory the JAC people wanted their sympathizers to crucify Professor Popoola for. The structure constructed during 2013 to 2015 which they call Central Laboratory was not fit to keep even pigs. In less than two years of opening the laboratory, it was confirmed that the entire place became ramshackle, started falling apart table. Those fighting the recent change mantra accepted the trash handed over to them because they had colluded with the contractors and benefitted from the scam to the detriment of Nigeria’s tax payers.

“For the avoidance of doubts, that TETFund Project is now being rehabilitated into a modern and state of the art laboratory, but certainly not with N200m as the discredited JAC mischievously claimed.” The source emphasised.

It was authoritatively gathered that the school Council used its prerogative to request for a bank facility to build hostels that are urgently needed. Why should that be an issue?

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It is pertinent that the society should not forget so soon that these brigands masquerading as unionists aborted the history making visit of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo to UNIOSUN to deliver a convocation lecture in November, 2018

They (JAC) did everything within their means to abort the foundation laying of a 13 Billion Naira world class teaching hospital in November, 2018 by the Chancellor of the University, who doubles as the benefactor of the project.

They (JAC) locked out, and delayed the then visitor to the University, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola who was making his farewell visit to the university for over eight hours on the convocation day.

They (JAC) blocked the revered Chief Bisi Akande who was being conferred with a doctoral degree at UNIOSUN from entering the campus. Baba Slanderers was in company with the equally revered General Alani Akinrinade and Prof Olu Aina on that day. These eminent elders of Nigeria were humiliated by these brigands.

They (JAC) sent several traditional rulers and parents who had come to felicitate with celebrants away on the convocation day.

Nemesis only caught up with them and the police charged them to court. Rather than showing sobriety and remorse, they keep on fouling the air with lies and blackmails. This certainly cannot help them.

The society needs to ask why the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Labo Popoola has become their target?

Is it a sin that he has brought sanity to an institution that was always in the news for negative reasons?
Is it a sin that he compelled some of the union leaders and their accolades to refund over 20 million Naira of TETFund money taken for conferences they refused to attend for over two years?

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Is it a sin that the VC has blocked internal collusion with contractors for inflated contracts and substandard service delivery?
Is it a sin that he is entrenching and enforcing institutional discipline and academic culture?

None of his policies has negatively affected the institution or hinder its development, but rather enhancing the University’s reputation.

It would interest Nigerians to know that the discredited union brigands and their rogue accolades are only bemoaning the blocking of leakages by the VC. Without their usual knees on the school’s neck, the university is now breathing fresh air and is gradually becoming a model of what a university should be in Nigeria.

Instead of the so-called JAC and their coconspirators to repent, seek forgiveness, re-align with decency and allow free flow of prudent operations, they continue to unjustly attack the personality of the Vice Chancellor.

In my considered opinion, I think it’s high time the society called these brigands to order. This is purely a battle between proven integrity and personal vendetta. It is evident that UNIOSUN JAC doesn’t have the interest of the university at heart.

 

Wale Alabi writes from Osogbo, Osun state

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Appeal to  University of Ilorin Management | By Isreal Olayinka

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Parents of over 400 new 2019/2020 Jambites who were given admission into the University were asked to leave due to their lateness to pay school fees. This are student who passed IJMB,  passed post IJMB, paid acceptance fees, done their departmental registration, they have been receiving lectures and along the line they were told not to pay into the school portal because the portal was hijacked and some were told by their L A to finish departmental registration before paying schooi fees into the University portal.

 

But unfortunately, the University portal was closed and the management refused to open it even for late payment that attracts additional fee. The affected Jambites, student union, parents even some top lecturers appealed on behalf of the students but alas the management refused to open the University portal.

 

Then come the matric, over 400 Jambites were told to go back home, when IJMB 2020/2021 have closed. That means the affected students will be home for 2years before they can sit for another IJMB.

We, the parents of the affected JAMBITES hereby appeal to all Nigerians to please do what they can to help appeal to the management of the University to at least defer their admission for the year 2020/21 academic session, since they have the admission letters, and have paid and the University have recieved their acceptance fees.
Thank you.

By Pastor Isreal Olayinka

 

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Arotile: Mi Lord, permit me to cross-examine death | By Festus Adedayo

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When death strikes, there is no allowance for cross-examination by any lawyer, Ayinla Omowura, Yoruba’s Apala musician, sang in a tribute to a Joseph Osowumi, which he rendered as bi’ku ba de, ko si loya ti o s’ojuse… No, permit me to cross-examine this offender, Mi Lord!

The news of 22-year old Computer Science undergraduate of the University of Port Harcourt, Kenneth Gift, his girlfriend, Dandy Spice and mother, Dorah Aninah, arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for suspected computer compromise fraud in Agbor, Delta State and the death of first female combat pilot, Tolulope Arotile hit me about the same time. In a Nigeria where a preponderance of youths get entangled in fraud, literally walking about in a fog on the reason for their existence, you cannot but be downcast on hearing the news of the death of Arotile. I was.

The death of this inspiring young lady shook the entire country. It could not but be so. Arotile was like an oasis in a desert of bad news that had become the middle name of Nigerian youth. So there is such a class of brilliant, committed and patriotic young people here, at a time when all we see is ferment and hopelessness? So people still envision legitimate greatness and work towards it like this young pilot did, achieving renown and garlands at such tender age? So Nigerian youths are not all about internet scam, fraud and silly and slavish thirst to go abroad?

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Arotile’s death drew me into the barren rhetoric of questioning human existence all over again. Why did she have to die and not any one of those disreputable fellows who are engaged in illicit scams? Judging by the unholy antecedents of power equations, could Arotile have been parceled for her death as alleged in some quarters? If this is so, why would God allow this machination against a promising icon to fructify?

Whenever I am in a bind about needless deaths like this, I run to philosophy. I have mopped up enough epistles about death from the holy writs that don’t just add up, as they have grossly failed to assuage me. I have heard that being finite, when human beings die, existence continues beyond death and as such, Tolulope may be on a higher assignment from her Maker. This, both theology and philosophy agree, is so since assignments after death have higher and greater value than being in this world.

On why such a young flower like this must wither at plumule, I have heard Martin Heidegger, (1889-1976) in his bid to show that we are a “being toward death” say that, “As soon as we are born, we are old enough to die.” Yet, I am not satisfied. Seeking to satisfy me was Karl Jaspers, the German-Swiss psychiatrist and philosopher’s position about why Arotile had to die. Death is not the absolute end of the human being, he says, and a human being isn’t merely a physical entity. He is a deathless being, said Jaspers.

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To tell you the truth, I am still not satisfied. It is easier to put up with the deaths of human beings who have gone past their prime and have discharged enough assignments on this earthly journey. Indeed, the exit of those whose existence cause pain to mankind is even good riddance to bad rubbish. Not this Amazon, this heroine and a potentially great woman brutally cut down in her prime.

We must find out if indeed Arotile’s Maker willingly called her for a greater assignment. Or that she was wickedly pulled out from this miserable meal that mankind calls an engaging cuisine. Could she have been killed for revenge, to stop her rise in the dog-eat-dog military profession or to revenge her affront against Nigerian enemies in her strike from the air against insurgents?

It is heartwarming that the Nigerian Air Force has promised to probe Arotile’s death. After writing this last sentence which sounded as comforting as the melody of a banjo, I laughed at my own foolishness. What came out of Attorney General of the Federation, Ajibola Ige’s murder? What came out of the murder of Dr. Abayomi Oniororo, Ministry of Foreign Affairs son of Niyi Oniororo in circumstances almost similar to Arotile’s, nineteen years ago? Haven’t I lived long enough in Nigeria to know that good is never requited and bad never gets retribution?

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Who is an infidel? | By Adebayo Ojo

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This is a coinage of our two (2) Holy books- The Holy Quran and the Bible. There are many other Holy Books, but those 2 books are the prominent ones in our country.

In Islam, the infidels or Kuffr are those who do not subscribe to the tenets of Islamic faith. Christians are not regarded by the Holy Quran and Islam as infidels even though they don’t subscribe to the tenets of Islam. They are referred to as ” polytheists” because of their belief in Trinity.

Kuffr are the infidels because they do not believe in the existence of Allah and his prophets. Also, they do not believe in the day of judgement. They are what we know in common parlance as Pagans.

We also have the “Munafeqeen” who are even worse than the infidels. They are pretenders and or impostors who profess to believe in Allah and the Prophets whereas their conducts and behaviours are exactly opposite of what they profess.

Speaking for myself , pagans and atheists are not the same .

Nigerian Muslims and Christians are fond of referring to non-practitioners of their faiths as pagans and those they majorly referred to as pagans and infidels in Nigeria are our traditional worshippers.  Our various traditional religions as far as I am concerned are not neither pagans nor infidels, but they are adherents of whatever they believe in.

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We Africans have serious problems and they are complex problems . How can we allow foreign religions to subjugate and subvert our own religions to the extent that they have been blacklisted and labelled as idol worshippers and infidels. We worshipped and served God ( Eledumare) before the introduction  of Islam and Christianity into Nigeria. The only difference is that our modes of worshipping God is different from theirs.

We as Africans always feel inferior because same way that we were tricked and or indoctrinated to throw our traditional religions was the same manner we are doing away with our identities,languages,  food, clothing and many other  things that we are noted for or associated with. So sad and unfortunate.

I will use the story of Prophet Ibraheem ( PBOH) or Abraham to drive home my point.

Prophet Ibraheem or Abraham is described by both Islam and Christianity as the Father of faith because he redeemed his pledge to Allah or God that if God should give him a Son , he would offer the Son as a sacrifice to God or Allah. He kept that vow he made with Allah or God. He tried to slaughter his Son in obedience to Allah or God but it was said that Allah or God was pleased with his absolute faith and loyalty that He produced a live ram in replacement of his Son. The Son was thus saved and the ram was slaughtered in replacement.

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Let’s converse that story of Prophet Ibraheem or Abraham with that of the Ile-Ife heroine, Moremi who bravely undertook to rescue her people from the Ugbo marauders who were regularly invading Ile -Ife then and were always looting the town and also took them as slaves.

Before Moremi surrendered herself as captive of the Ugbo marauders, she went to River Esinmirin and vowed or pledged with the god or goddess of Esinmirin that if she should make her mission successful, she would give Esinmirin whatever it may ask of her.

Esinmirin told her that her mission would be successful, but that she must offer as sacrifice to it anything that first came out from her home to wellcome her on the way.

When she returned from Ugboland after a very successful mission, her only Son who had been bedridden since she left for Ugboland suddenly and mysteriously became well and rushed out to wellcome her mother on hearing of her heroic return.

Moremi felt very sad ,but in keeping faith with her vow or pledge to Esinmirin, she took her only child, the Son to Esinmirin river and threw her into the river in fulfilment of her pledge or vow.

I want very sound Muslims and Christians to please enlighten and educate me on the difference between the stories of Prophet Ibraheem or Abraham and that of Moremi.

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Why will history applauded Prophet Ibraheem or Abraham as a Believer and another history will adjudge Moremi as a pagan or infidel?

The second question that I need enlightenment on is – What was or is the religion of Prophet Ibraheem or Abraham that His God will demand for slaughtering of human being as offering?

 

Mutalubi Ojo Adebayo Esq, writes from Ibadan, Oyo state

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